Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tree Swallow ACEO in acrylics

Love how this one is perched and singing away.

Tree Swallows breed in North America and winter in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. They measure 12 - 15 cm in length and weigh  16 - 25 grams.

Tree Swallow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Hughva for the reference photo.

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Indigo Bunting ACEO in acrylics

I love the blue feathers of this bird.

Indigo Buntings breed from Southern Canada to Northern Florida and winter in Southern Florida to Northern South America.  They measure between 12 - 13 cm and weigh between 12 - 18 grams.

Indigo Bunting measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Tufted Titmouse No 9 in acrylics

I love painting these birds so couldn't resist painting this one.

Tufted Titmouse No 9 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Cliff Swallow ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out - everything just seemed to work.

Cliff Swallows breed in North America and winter in Western South America. They measure around 13 cm in length and weigh between 19 - 34 grams.

Cliff Swallow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix  Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Bridled Titmouse ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.

Bridled Titmouse's are found mainly in Mexico but their range does reach into Southern Mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.  They measure between 10 - 12.7 cm in length and weigh around 10 grams.

Bridled Titmouse measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Great Tit No 2 in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.

Great Tit No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Pixabay for the reference photo.




Friday, 9 December 2016

Poppy in acrylics

Originally I had a yellow /green  mottled background for this one and decided that I  didn't like it so I ended up painting over the background with white. It made the background rather interesting as some of the original background colour shows through which I rather like.

Poppy measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Golden Crowned Kinglet No 2 in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.  I ended up doing quite a few glazes to get the depth the feathers.  Really pleased how this one turned out.

Golden Crowned Kinglet No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Nigel for the reference photo.


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hooded Robin ACEO in acrylics

I love the challenge of painting black feathers so decided to paint this one.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Hooded Robins are found on Mainland Australia (except Cape York).  They measure between 15 - 17 cm in length and weigh around 22 grams.

Hooded Robin measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Banded Kingfisher ACEO in acrylics

I love the feather colours of this one.

Banded Kingfishers are found in southeast Asia.  They measure around  20 cm in length.


Banded Kingfisher measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Nashville Warbler in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the log and since I love painting yellow feathers, I can't resist painting this one.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

Nashville Warbler measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Golden Browed Warbler ACEO in acrylics

And for the next one, I painted this little one. 

Golden Browed Warblers are found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  They measure around 13 cm in length and weigh between 7 - 13 grams.

Golden Browed Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Three Banded Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I decided to paint a few yellow warblers for this weeks aceo's - this is the first one.

Three Banded Warbler is found in Peru and Ecuador.  They measure around 12.5 cm in lengh and weigh between 8.5 - 11 grams.

Three Banded Warbler measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Spring River in acrylics

I felt like painting a landscape for a change and decided to paint this little scene.  Rather pleased with how it turned out.

Spring River measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.




Friday, 25 November 2016

Blue Tit No 5 in acrylics

I love the feather colours for the Blue Tit.  Really pleased with how this one turned out.


Blue Tit No 5 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Pixabay for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Pacific Slope Flycatcher ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit more tricky to paint than I thought it would be.  I did quite a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.


Pacific Slope Flycatchers are native to the coastal regions of western North America.  They measure between 15 - 17 cm in length and weigh between 8 - 12 grams.

Pacific Slope Flycatcher measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Hermit Warbler ACEO in acrylics

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

Hermit Warblers are found along the west coast of the United States up to Washington and winter in Central America.  They measure around 14 cm in length and weigh between 9 - 13 grams.

Hermit Warbler measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Rufous Capped Warbler No 4 in acrylics

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

Rufous Capped Warbler No 4 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Grey Crowned Yellowthroat in acrylics

As I love painting yellow feathers, I couldn't resist painting this one. 

Grey Crowned Yellowthroats are found in North and Central America.

Grey Crowned Yellowthroat measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.




Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Baird's Sparrow ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit more tricky to paint than I thought it would be and I did quite a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.

Baird's Sparrow are native to the United States, Canada and Mexico.  They measure around 12 cm in length and weigh between 17 - 21 grams.

Baird's Sparrow measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Common Rosefinch ACEO in acrylics

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

Common Rosefinch or Scarlet Rosefinch are found in Asia and Europe.  They measure between 13 - 15 cm in length.

Common Rosefinch measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Chestnut Backed Chickadee No 3 in acrylics

I love how this little guy is perched on the branch and the tilt of his head.  Really pleased with how it turned out.

My brush order arrived today from Rosemary & Co in UK -  I was down to my last spare Designer Pointed Sable Mixture size 4 brush.  I order 10 size 4 brushes so that should last me awhile.  For most of my paintings, I use a flat brush for the background and for the rest of the painting I use a Pointed Size 4 brush.  So I go through quite a few of them as once the  point goes, I have to replace them.  They do last really well through - the last order I placed was back in February and I only order 6 of them.  And finally I sign my name with Rigger Script brush. 

Chestnut Backed Chickadee measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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







Friday, 11 November 2016

Vermillion Flycatcher No 2 in acrylics

I love the vibrant red feathers of this bird.

Vermillion Flycather No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Lincoln's Sparrow in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch.

Lincoln's Sparrows are  found in North and Central America.  They are measure between 13 - 15 cm in length and weigh between 17 - 19 grams

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni for the reference photo.








Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Hooded Oriole ACEO in acrylics

Really pleased with how this one turned out - just love its vibrant orange feathers.

Hooded Orioles are found in South Western United States and Northern Mexico.  They measure between 18 - 20 cm and weigh around 24 grams.

Hooded Oriole measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo.

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Sulphur Breasted Bushshrike ACEO in acrylics

Love the colour of this ones feathers.

Sulphur Breasted Bushshrikes are also known as Orange Breasted Bushshrikes and are found in Africa. They measure between 17 - 19 cm in length and weigh between 24 - 32 grams.

Sulphur Breasted Bushshrike measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Laughing Kookaburra No 2 in acrylics

This is the kookaburra that landed on my back fence a few weeks back.  I managed to take quite a few good reference photos  but I rather like the different angle of his head in this one.  So decided to paint this one first.  I changed the back fence to a branch. 

Laughing Kookaburra No 2 measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

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Friday, 4 November 2016

Autumn Path 2 in acrylics

Decided to paint  a landscape for a change.

Autumn Path 2 measures 8 x 10 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Irene Idler for the reference photo.







Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hermit Thrush ACEO in acrylics

Love the markings on this one.

Hermit Thrushes are found in North America.  They measure between 15 - 18 cm in length and between 18 - 37 grams.


Hermit Thrush measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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

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Kentucky Warbler ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one is posing on the branch.

Kentucky Warbler (Female) measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni  for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Scarlet Robin No 4 in acrylics

I loved watching the little robins when on holiday in Tasmania.   I managed to take the reference photo for this one when I walked down to look at the goats on the property I was staying at.  Saw the female first and then the male.

Scarlet Robin measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Olive Green Tanager ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit more tricky to paint than I thought it would be.  I had to do quite a few glazes to get the depth to the feathers.  Got there in the end.

Olive Green Tanagers are found in Brazil. They measure between 18 - 19 cm in length

Olive Green Tanager measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Rufous Bellied Niltava ACEO in acrylics

Love the colours of this one.

Rufous Bellied Niltava's are found in China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand. They measure between 15 - 18 cm and weigh between 19 - 24 grams.

Rufous Belled Niltava measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on COlourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

American Goldfinch No 3 in acrylics

This one was rather fun to paint - ever just seemed to work.

American Goldfinch No 3 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Hughva for the reference photo.




Thursday, 20 October 2016

Superb Fairy Wren in acrylics

This little guy posed rather nicely at the cottage I stayed at in Tasmania last month and since the little wren is one of my favourite birds as just had to paint him.  Actually never seen so many Superb Fairy Wrens as did in Tasmania - they were always on the side of the road and also a lot at Port Arthur.

Superb Fairy Wren measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Spot Breasted Oriole ACEO in acrylics

I bought a new tube of red paint on the weekend - Cadmium red light (scarlet) and decided this bird feathers were the  prefect colour to try out my new tube of paint.  It makes a lovely orange when mixed with Cadmium Yellow Medium.

Spot Breasted Orioles are native to Southern Mexico and Central America.  They measure between 21 - 24 cm in length and weigh around 50 grams.

Spot Breasted Oriole measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Coloufix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Alan Schmierer for the reference photo..

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Cape Rock Thrush ACEO in acrylics

I love how this ones feathers are all puffed up.

Cape Rock Thrush's breed in eastern and southern South Africa.  They measure between 19 -21 cm in length.

Cape Rock Thrush measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Tailed Tit in acrylics

I couldn't resist painting this inquisitive little guy.  It was a bit more tricky to paint the front on view of its beak but enjoyed the challenge and really pleased with how it turned out.

Long Tailed Tit measures 8 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Mikhail Vedernikov for the reference photo.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Lesser Goldfinch ACEO in acrylics

And for the next I painted  this one.  Rather pleased with how it turned out too.

Lesser Goldfinch measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Yellow Thornbill ACEO in acrylics

I love painting yellow birds so decided to paint a few this week.  This is the first one..

Yellow Thornbill measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Patrick Kavanagh for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Magpie Lark in acrylics

These birds are a regular visitor to my garden.  Normally they are looking for food on the ground so I have never  been able to get a good reference photo of them.  But a few weeks ago, they were making an awful racket so I went to see what the problem was and for the first time ever there was a  Laughing Kookaburra sitting on the back fence.  The Magpie Larks were not happy with the new visitor and were trying to scary it off.  Which didn't work as the Kookaburra was not at all worried about them and sat on the back fence for about 20 minutes.  That enabled me to take reference photos of the Kookaburra and since  the Magpie Lark was trying to scary it away, he was also on the fence so managed to get reference photos of both the Kookaburra and Magpie Lark. I am also planning on painting the kookaburra - just haven't decided on the size yet.

Magpie Larks are known by quite a few different names in the  different states of Australia.  Here in Queensland and in New South Wales they are known as a Peewee, in Victoria and Western Australian they are known as a Mudlark and in South Australia they are known as a Murray Magpie.  Who knew a bird could be known by so many names.  They are found in Australia (except Tasmania) and also Southern New Guinea.  They measure around 25 - 30 cm in length and weigh  between 63 - 118 grams.

Magpie Lark measures 5 x 5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Scarlet Robin No 3 in acrylics

This little guy was a regular morning visitor at the accommodation I stayed in at Cygnet, Tasmania.  I do love painting robins so took lots and lots of photos of this little guy. 

Scarlet Robin No 3 measures 6 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Spotted Pardalote No 2 in acrylics

I have always wanted to see this bird in person and on recent holiday to Tasmania I managed to get too see one.  Thank goodness for 50x cameras -  I saw an outline in a gum tree and knew that it was pardalote shape and with the aid of binoculars and the camera was able to see him.  Really pleased with how my painting turned out as the  reference photo I took was right into digital zoom mode so it was not the sharpest reference photo to work from.  But I have found that I have painted so many birds  now that I can draw on my knowledge and work from not so great reference photos.  So there is truth  to the saying "Practice makes perfect" :).

Spotted Pardalote No 2 measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Red Eyed Vireo ACEO in acrylics

This one was rather fun to paint - everything just worked.

Red Eyed Vireos are a small American Songbird.  They measure between 12 - 13 cm in length and weigh between 12 - 26 grams.

Red Eyed Vireo measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

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Red Winged Blackbird ACEO in acrylcis

I love how this one is perched on the branch with its head at a different angle.

Red Winged Blackbirds are found in North and Central America. They measure around 17 - 23 cm in length and weigh between 32 - 77 grams.

Red Winged Blackbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to David A Mitchell for the reference photo.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Mexican Chickadee in acrylics

I love the position of this ones head. 

Mexican Chickadee measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni  for the reference photo.




Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Rudd's Apalis ACEO in acrylics

I love how this one is perched on the branch and couldn't resist painting it.

Rudd's Apalis's are found in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa.  They measure around 13 cm in length and weigh about 10 grams.

Rudd's Apalis measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth Paper.

Many thanks to Derek Keats for the reference photo.

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Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird ACEO in acrylics

This one was a bit of a challenge to paint re the angle of its head.  Really pleased with how it turned out. 

Yellow Fronted Tinkerbirds are found in Africa.  They measure between 10.5 - 12 cms and weigh between 8 - 20 grams.

Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Francesco Veronesi for the reference photo.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kingfisher in acrylics

I love how this one is sitting on the branch.

Kingfisher measures 10 x 8 inches and is painted on Colourfix Suede Paper.

Many thanks to Paul Sawford for the reference photo.



Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Oak Titmouse in acrylics

Loved painting this one - everything just seemed to work.

Oak Titmouse measures 6 x 6 inches and is painted on Colourfix Smooth paper.

Many thanks to Bettina Arrigoni  for the reference photo.

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