Thursday, 23 January 2014

Kirtland's Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I am really pleased with how this one turned out.  It all just seemed to come together. 

These birds are found in the northeastern lower peninsula of Michigan and winter in the Bahamas.  They require areas with small jack pines for nesting and were nearly extinct 50 years ago as the jack pines require fire to open their cones and spread the seeds,  so with the suppression of fires, their habitat declined.  Today there habitat is being preserved so they are recovering.

Kirtland's Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to USFWS / Joel Trick for the reference photo.