Lorikeets by nature are colourful both visually and behaviorally. There is a “get on and have fun” appearance to their perceived shenaningans as they go about feeding and causing mischief when semi-tamed. The more Northern species of the family, Red-collared Lorikeets behave in just the same manner. We have plenty of these birds in the greater Perth metropolitan area where they are found in parklands and airport trees where they screech a welcome to incoming tourists: they don’t mean a word of it really.
This is a watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper and is currently available unframed.
Regent Parrots used to be the most common of Parrots in the wheatbelt early last century. There numbers have dwindled in that part of the world I believe. I saw them for the first time about ten years ago in WA- a pair flew across the Bussel Highway west of Capel, WA. It was about four years later that I started seeing them in Margaret River where they seem to like following the forest along the river alignment. We have them roosting on the Marri and Jarrah trees on out lot in town, here in Margaret River. They fly south-west in the mornings and north-east in the late afternoons when they are here.
I wanted to place the birds in a Karri because that is where I then mostly in our area. They are also found in farmland feeding on grass seed. I was surpsied at how dard the Karri leaves are and how the dying leaves transform into a very dark red.
This is a watercolour of a pair (the Male bird at the top). Regents are very elegant when flying and have a call that I think resembles the Red-wattle Bird call a wee bit. Once framed the painting would be priced at least $5500 AUD
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita perched on a Kapok Bush Cochlospermum fraseri with Cockburn Range, in the Kimberley Region, WA, in the background
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos may be thought of as an eastern coast species in Australia. They are, however, a common species across the North of Australia where they may be found in small flocks to huge numbers in agricultural areas. The northern sub-species C.g fitzroyi has a distinctive pale blue orbital skin compared to the white of the eastern sub-species. The Sulphur-crested is also a much smaller species than any of the three Black Cockatoos of the SW of WA. The Kapok bush, with it’s stunning yellow flowers is also a relatively common scraggly deciduous plant that occurs mostly in the open tropical and semi-tropical savanna woodlands of the NT and WA.
This painting now completes the set of the Western Australian large Cockatoos.
SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO on Kapok bush Original Watercolour painting
As yet unframed watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm hot-pressed paper (smooth surface). The painting measures 51cm x 71cm and was stretched to prevent warping while paint was applied.
I first saw Banksia burdettii at Kings Park, Perth (Botanical Gardens). It’s not hard to fall in love with such a glorious plant. It has been a while in coming- this painting and it initially was intended to be just the plant. But as the project progressed the birds were introduced to the composition. I rather enjoy using mixed bird species in the one composition despite seldom doing it. Finding a balding old seed cone was a bit of a challenge and I hope what I have included is a typical example. The (orange) colour of the flower heads is derived from the stamen and not the flower which is a typical off white with a very feint red central line. When the flower explodes open there are four small white flower heads supported by four individual fluffy stems. I would recomend checking them out on your own garden plants if you have not already done so. with other similar banksias.
A recent stay in Nannup resulted in us wandering some of the back roads of the district in order to find some suitable landscape opportunities. There are several quiet winding back roads lined with large Karri trees that easily capture my attention. I enjoy the mix of rural farmland together with big trees and dense bushland. Robins and Western Rosellas also seem to like this as a habitat.
TOWER ROAD, EAST NANNUP WATERCOLOUR
The image measures 55cm x 39cm and is painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper. The picture is currently unframed. Cost of the painting includes postage in Australia.
It’s been quite a while since I painted a landscape and again one of my favourite locations west of Pemberton amongst the enormous Karri trees. The painting measures 55cm x 35cm and was painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Press paper. At the moment the painting is unframed.
KARRI TREES ALONG A BUSH TRACK WEST OF Pemberton 2023
The painting measures 55cm x 35cm and was painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Press paper. At the moment the painting is unframed.
Delivery of the painting is via Australia Post- Express Post and costs are included in the price. International clients should email for additional postage (which is probably about $70AUD)