I love the colouring of this ones feathers. I used quite a few glazes to build up the depth to the feathers. There are a few colours that I only ever use once in while and for this one I decided to use a premixed green (sap green) for the green feathers - normally I mix my own greens. It worked rather well as it is a more intense and transparent so it was ideal for glazing.
Forest Double Collared Sunbird measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.
Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.
When I went to order more Colourfix Suede paper I discovered that it had been discontinued and replaced with Colourfix Smooth paper. I emailed the manufacture to found out if the surface of the new paper is still the same as the old suede paper. And it is - thank goodness. Basically the same primer is now being screen printed onto 300gsm watercolour paper instead of a 500gsm paper.
I order some of the new Smooth paper and other than it being a bit thinner (which makes cutting it a lot easier), the surface is the same as the Suede. The paint still blends beautifully and I can build up the layers.
I still have a few sheets left of the Suede Paper so for a next few weeks I will be painting on either the Suede or the Smooth paper.
This little guy is the first painting on the new paper and I am really pleased with how he turned out.
Ruby Crowned Kinglet No 4 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix 340gsm Smooth paper.
I discovered Kirra Beach a few weeks back when down at the Gold Coast. There is a small rocky headland that separates Kirra Beach and Coolangatta Beach and I ended up taking quite a few reference photos from this spot.
Kirra Beach measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.
The Black Throated Gray Warbler is a small songbird found in Western North America and winters in Mexico and the South Western United States. They measure around 11 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 7 - 10 grams
Black Throated Gray Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.
Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.
I have been trying to take a good reference photo of this bird for ages - they just don't sit still for long. I finally managed to take the reference photo for this one last week down on the Gold Coast. Thank goodness for a 50x zoom as it was sitting on a fence post and so I managed to zoom in and get a workable reference photo.
Welcome Swallows are native to Australia and nearby islands. They were introduced to New Zealand. They measure around 15 cm in length and weigh on average 15 grams.
Welcome Swallow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.