Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Piep Flycatcher ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one turned out.  Everything just seemed to work.

Piep Flycatchers are found in Europe and Western Asia and they winter in Western Africa.  They measure around 12 - 13.5 cm in length.


Piep Flycatcher measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.


Many thanks to Ron Knight for the reference photo.

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Calliope Hummingbird ACEO in acrylics

I decided to paint a aceo version of this lovely little hummingbird. 

Calliope Hummingbirds are found in the United States and Canada and winter in Central America. They measure around 7 - 10 cm in length and weigh between 2 - 3 grams.

Calliope Hummingbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Greater Double Collared Sunbird ACEO in acrylics

I am really pleased how this one turned out - everything just worked.

Greater Double Collared Sunbirds are found on southern South Africa.  They measure around 14cm in length.

Great Double Collared Sunbird measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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White Throated Sparrow ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit tricky to paint.  I had to darken the background to get the bird to stand out a bit more and I used a few glazes to get depth to the feathers. 


White Throated Sparrows are found in North America.  They measure around 16 - 18 cm in length and weigh between 22 - 32 grams.


White Throated Sparrow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Lissa Perkins for the reference photo.

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly in coloured pencils

My local art store had a 50% off everything sale on the other day and I have been thinking about trying out coloured pencils. So since they were half price I decided to give them a go.  Purchased a tin of Faber Castell polychromos coloured pencils. I tried drawing a bird first but didn't like the result - much prefer painting them in acrylics.  So then I did butterfly and was rather pleased with how it turned out.  Next I am going to try them out on a Kangaroo as I think they will work rather well as I will be able to layer in different colours.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly measures 6 x 6 inches and is drawn on  300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Rodney Campbell for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Summer Stream in acrylics

Really pleased how this one turned out - everything just seemed to come together.

Summer Stream measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.





Snowy Bellied Hummingbird ACEO in acrylics

Whereas this one gave me problems.  I lost count on how many glazes I did in order to get some definition to the feathers.  In the end I got there and I am rather pleased with how it eventually turned out.

Snowy Bellied Hummingbirds are found in Costa Rica, Panama and north western Colombia.  They measure around 10 cm in length.

Snowy Bellied Hummingbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Black and Gold Tanager ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one turned out.  Everything just seemed to work.

Black and Gold Tanagers are found in Colombia.  It measures around 16cm.

Black and Gold Tanager measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Eastern Yellow Robin No 2 in acrylics

And another Australian robin.  I was on a bit of a roll painting robins - also want to paint another pink robin but I think I will leave that one until the new year.

Really pleased with how this one turned out .

Eastern Yellow Robin measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.








Monday, 14 December 2015

Winters Day ACEO in acrylics

I haven't painted a little aceo landscape for a while so decided to paint this little winter scene. 

Winters Days measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches Watercolour paper.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Tennessee Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I absolutely love the position this one is perched in the branch.

Tennessee Warblers  breed in Eastern North America and winter in Southern Central America and Northern South  America.  They measure around 10 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 8 - 13 grams.

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


Many thanks to Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.

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Flame Robin ACEO in acrylics

And another Australian robin - this one I decided to paint in the aceo size.  It is interesting how many different species of robins there are here in Australia.  I have only managed to see the Pink Robin, the Eastern Yellow Robin and the Pale Yellow Robin in person. 

Flame Robin measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.

Many thanks to   Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Scarlet Robin in acrylics

And the next one I painted is a Scarlet Robin.  I love how this little guy is perched on the branch.

Scarlet Robin measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to  Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo. 






Red Capped Robin No 2 in acrylics

I love painting robins and decided to paint a few of our Australian Robins as I haven't painted any for a while.  This is the first one -  Red Capped Robin. 

Red Capped Robin No 2 measures 5 x  5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to  Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Boreal Chickadee in acrylics

Love the colouring of this little chappie. 


Boreal Chickadee measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Ampersand Gessobord Panel.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lazuli Bunting ACEO in acrylics

I have had this one printed out for a while to paint.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Lazuli Bunting is a North American songbird.  They measure around 13 - 15 cm in length and weigh and weigh between 13 - 18 grams.

Lazuli Bunting  measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper.


Many thanks to Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren for the reference photo.

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Saffron Billed Sparrow ACEO in acrylics

This one was fun to paint - everything just seemed to work.

Saffron Billed Sparrows are find in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. The measure around 15 - 16.5 cm in length  and weigh between 22.1 - 28.1 grams.

Saffron Billed Sparrow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on 300gsm smooth Arches watercolour.

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