Original Paintings

CARNABY’S BLACK COCKATOOS ON SLENDER BANKSIA

Cheeky faced and friendly, these two Carnaby’s found feeding on Banksia attenuata bush. I used the plants east of nearby Gracetown as the key reference for the Banksia. Banksia flowers scare the life out of me for painting due to their intricate details and patterned structure. The back ground is based on breakaway landscape from south-east of Geraldton. Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and Short-billed Black Cockatoo. are one and the same species. Named in honour of Western Australian Oologist (collector of eggs) and naturalist Ivan Carnaby (1908–1974). Occurs in south-west north to lower Murchison and east to Nabawa, Wilroy, Waddi Forest, Manmanning, Durokoppin, Lake Cronin and just east of Condingup. Endemic to Western Australia. (WA Museum)

As it is just completed the painting is currently available unframed. I expect to have this framed in the near future.

Dimensions of the painting are: 53cm x 65cm

Painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed paper

Available from the Artist- please communicate via email: spikercs@gmail.com

Price unframed $6000

MOTTLECAH- EUCALYPTUS MACROCARPA

Mottlecah, is the fist large sized purely botanical painting to be released from our studio. A watercolour painting on Arches 300GSM Hot Pressed paper, this painting illustrates the magnificence of this popular Western Australian plant. While driving along a rural road through the upper wheatbelt you can come across these stunning plants growing naturally along the roadside verges. It is quite an outstanding surprise when you first encounter these big scraggly mallees spotted with glorious big flower heads. But that’s not unusual in a state with so much botanical “bling”.

I forgot to measure the picture before sending to the framer, but it is somewhere around 40×60 or 38 x 58. The framed painting will be delivered to the Studio this coming week.

Framed Price: $3750 from the Artist

COCKATIELS FROM THE INLAND

While Cockatiels are indeed a bird of the inland, they are also very much an Internationalist. After the Budgie, the Cockatiels must be one of the most domesticated of our native birds. I do like them in the wild and have placed this pair in a typical inland setting with rocky outcrop above the grassy plains where the Cockatiels commonly feed on the native grasses.

This is a watercolour painting on Arches 300GSM Hot Pressed paper.

Dimensions of the original are 36cm x 44cm

Framed Price: $2750 from the artist

EASTERN ROSELLAS- OUT AND ABOUT- An original watercolour

This is a framed watercolour painting

This is a watercolour painting framed with Tasmanian Oak frame with off-white (chalk) double matt boards. Dimensions are: 69cm x 82cm outside of frame. (A Full-sheet painting)

Glazed with standard picture glass

This is a lovely picture featuring two favourites of mine- the Eastern Rosellas because of the memories from childhood; and the Yellow Gum, Eucalyptus leucoxylon which grew so big and beautiful in the part of Central Victoria where I grew up.

Framed Price: $3750 from the Artist

GOLDEN WHISTLERS ON THE TRYMALIUM

This is a beautiful framed original watercolour painting on display at and available from Aspects of Kings Park, Perth Western Australia. You can contact Aspects Gallery by phone on 9480 3900 or visit seven days a week at 68 Fraser Avenue, Kings Park Western Australia 6005 · To find out more about Aspects go to: Aspects of Kings Park

The picture measures about 29cm wide x 35cm high and is now framed.

This is a watercolour on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper which I prefer to use for fine art work.

Price framed and on show at Aspects of Kings Park, Perth- $3250

The Western Whistler has been whistling around our garden and nearby bushland for several months. They fly into the low bushes and sit quietly, turning their head ever so slightly to look up at something above them (or perhaps downwards)- just like the female in this picture. The plant they are on is the Trymalium floribundum (Karri Hazel) which is common along our local river. I had wanted to upgrade my compositions so as to create a very natural setting with a pair of Goldens. And as per usual, I painted these birds at their typical size. The golden yellow leaves were purposefully placed to create a visual balance to the picture as a whole and therefore compliment the male bird’s colours.

THE STORYTELLER- GALAHS ON A GUM TREE

We have several Galahs visiting our garden and surrounding open land. The antics they get up to when relating to one another is often humorous and appears to be playful. But they also squabble and peck at one another in order to protect their space on a branch or to be near a mate- or so it seems.  While they are also known in WA as Pink and Greys, their colouring does vary with soft pinks through to deep or strong pink- particularly around the face- but not always. There is also often a dusky grey “wash” over the feathers on the abdomen. And even under the wings, there are some grey feathers tinged with pink.

This painting was designed to illustrate the fun behaviour of Galahs and while setting out the sketches it came to me that one bird was perched as if telling a story to the others. Thus the title of the painting.

This is a beautiful framed original watercolour painting on display at and available from Aspects of Kings Park, Perth Western Australia. You can contact Aspects Gallery by phone on 9480 3900 or visit seven days a week at 68 Fraser Avenue, Kings Park Western Australia 6005 · To find out more about Aspects go to: Aspects of Kings Park

The picture measures about 71cm wide x 52cm high with an off-white double matt board and 70% (NuVue) UV protective glass that has very low reflectivity.

This is a watercolour on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper which I prefer to use for fine art work.

Price – $6500 SOLD BY THE ASPECTS TEAM 24 Feb 2020

NEW HOLLAND HONEYEATERS ON SCARLET PEAR GUM

This is a delightfully bright picture featuring two colourful species that exist in our WA natural environment. The Pear Gum is not a well known plant but does prove popular with nectar feeding birds like the New Holland Honeyeaters. I am trying to expand the range of Eucalypts that I use in my paintings to increase our awareness of just what beautiful plants we have here.

This is an original watercolour painting on Arches 300 gsm Hot Pressed Paper.

Picture area is approximately 33cm x 38cm wide

Please contact BORANUP GALLERY if interested in the Original painting.

WOODSWALLOWS AT REST -MASKED AND WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOWS

This is a unique watercolour painting of two species of Woodswallows that are found within Western Australia. The Masked Woodswallows occur across a vast area of Australia except for a few corners of the continent. Interestingly, the White-browed Woodswallows (which occur in the northern inland areas of WA and most of the rest of the country) are often found together. They fly, feed and perch together as if they were the same species.

This is a watercolour on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper which I prefer to use for fine art work.

The picture measures about 31cm wide x 40cm high and is now framed and available from the artist. Contact via email: spikercs@gmail.com or text 0478 603 067

Price framed $2395

Available from the Artist

AFTERNOON REFLECTIONS

Our property consists of natural vegetation including Marri and Jarrah trees with a planted garden designed to attract birds. There are locations in the garden where Bronzewings tend to gather including a resting area underneath Allocasuarinas and tall shrubs. And it is this location that I have tried to portray in this painting of the male and female Common Bronzewings (Phaps chalcoptera). These birds are common around the urban area of Margaret River and surrounding bushland.

Completion of this painting was over three consecutive weeks: beginning with idea sketches, then detail drawings, followed by developing composition sketches and final watercolour painting. Painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Press paper.

Picture dimensions are 71cm wide x 51cm high

The framed original is available through Boranup Gallery.

RED-EARED FIRETAILS PERCHED ON SEMAPHORE SEDGE

The Margaret River walking trails provide an excellent opportunity to observe many species of small birds. Occasionally, you get to see a small group of Red-eared Firetails in the bushland with various sedges and thickets of shrubs. These colourful little birds have been on my painting list for some time and now at last I have completed the watercolour painting with a simple composition.

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 43cm x 35cm wide.

The Original can be obtained from Boranup Gallery.

Framed price $ (contact Boranup Gallery) 

White-cheeked Honeyeaters on Eucalyptus erythrocorys (Illyarie)

I frequently walk past these trees around Margaret River. When in flower they are a stunning show and the birds seem to be attracted to them as well. The long sweeping leaves enable a very rhythmical pattern to be developed as they hang from the thin branchlets. In this painting I used a small group of White-cheeked Honeyeaters as they seemed the most appropriate.

An original watercolour painting on Arches 300 gsm Hot Pressed Paper

Picture area is approximately 52.5cm x 67cm wide.

The framed original painting is available through Boranup Gallery.

Up on the River Bank- three Australian Magpies

We see Magpies in small family groups wherever we see Magpies. To give a local feel they ended up on a local type of riverbank with tall Karris in the background.

Actual image area approx. 700mm wide x 450mm high.

Beautiful enameled white frame that will match just about any decor.

Framed picture measures approximately 750mm high x 830mm wide

Available from the Artist

FRAMED PRICE: $3950 (Negotiable)

Flame in the Snow: PAIR OF FLAME ROBINS ON A SNOW GUM

We visited the Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek areas last September and were delighted to see so many Flame Robins. They seemed to find food in the snow which I guess could have been insects of some kind. One of the particular aims of the visit was to see the Snow Gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora) which are truly one of the worlds most amazing trees. The branches have colourful longitudinal stripes like broad pin-stripes of pale yellows and grey/blue bark and the occasional green or red bark. The background view is from the Mt Buffalo area.

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures approx. 35cm x 45cm high.

Framed price from Boranup Gallery

Regent Bowerbirds on a log by the track to Mt Warning

On a recent hike up Mount Warning Northern NSW (August 2018), I came across this most fascinating branch growing immediately next to the track. I was about three quarters of the way up the climb. It appeared to me to be an old branch because of the amount of miscellaneous vegetation growing all over it. As soon as I saw it I knew that it was for: I wanted to paint the Regent Bowerbirds perched on it (with only a little licence) And here we have it.

An original watercolour painting on Arches 300 gsm Hot Pressed Paper

The original is now available as a framed work using 70%UV protection non-reflective glass.

An original watercolour painting on Arches 300 gsm Hot Pressed Paper.

Picture area is approximately 50cm x 71cm.

Available from the Artist

Framed Price: $7500

Slumbering on the Rock- Spinifex Pigeons

Framed in a stylish bold black frame to compliment the colours and tone of the original painting with triple mount boards.

Frame dimensions: 650mm x 560mm

Image dimensions: 410mm x 305mm

Framed original available from Boranup Gallery

Framed price: $1650

And He Thinks He’s the Pretty One, Hey!” Red-tailed Black Cockatoos on a Pink Flowering (Corymbia) Gum

So often the Male bird is featured as the special feature Red tailed Black Cockatoo. It’s the female, however, that I think is actually the prettier one with those tail stripes, chest feather barring, and all those “sequins” on the head and the mix of bright colours.

“And He Thinks He’s the pretty One, Hey”

This is an original watercolour painting on Arches 300 gsm Hot Pressed Paper

Framed price:$5250

Original painting available through Boranup Gallery

Cape to Cape Wrens- A pair of Splendid Fairy-Wrens on a limestone setting along the Cape Walking Trail

An original watercolour painting on Arches 180 gsm Hot Pressed Paper.

Original painting available through Boranup Gallery

Framed Price: $1245

Picture area is approximately square 57cm x 61cm high

RED-WATTLEBIRD ON BANKSIA MENZEISII

A fine art watercolour on Arches 300gsm hot-pressed paper

The picture is approximately 440mm high x 620mm wide  and is beautifully framed to archival standards with non-reflective conservation UV glass.

Original framed painting is now available through Boranup Gallery

Framed Price: $4250

SHINING BRONZE CUCKOO

This small Cuckoo has been residing in our neighborhood for a few months now . It was inevitable that I would paint his portrait and here it is. Lovely shining bronze colours to the wings and head in particular.

Dimensions 19cm wide x 23cm high (approximately)

Watercolour painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed (smooth) paper.

Framed Price $495

Available from the Artist.

SHARING THE HARVEST- BAUDIN’S BLACK COCKATOOS

An original watercolour painting on Arches 300 gsm Hot Pressed Paper.   The painting is proposed to be featured in an upcoming exhibition in the South-West of WA: more news later. The painting features two male birds (pinkish eye skin and greyish bill and one female (grey eye, duller ear covets and pale bill). The bill of the Baudin’s Black Cockatoo is about 10-15mm longer than that found on a Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.

The painting is designed to illustrate the relationship that our local wildlife has and can have with local primary production. There is a time to allow the sharing of a harvest with native animals such as these Baudin’s Black Cockatoos especially where not all is lost to “those thieving mongrel birds”. There is an ability in us to achieve a balance and enjoy both the product of our farming and the presence of our very unique local wildlife.

The birds and vines in this painting are drawn to about two-thirds actual size.

Painting dimensions: 71cm high x 52cm wide (unframed).

The original is available through Boranup Gallery

PRICE FRAMED $5900

THE PRINCESS IS PREENING: Princess parrots on a Marble Gum

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 70cm x 52cm wide.

Framed original available through Boranup Gallery.

Framed price $4250

Perfect Day in Phoenicea: Red-collared Lorikeets on Eucalyptus phoenicea

Red-collared Lorikeets pass under the radar unless you live in the north of Australia including the Kimberley Region of WA. The very common Rainbow Lorikeet from the east, south and Capital Cities of Australia is far more easily recognised. The eucalyptus is also a stunning feature of that region of Australia. The name Eucalyptus phoenicea is derived from the orange/red  flower filaments similar to the mythical Arabian bird known as Phoenix which is described as having brilliant scarlet coloured feathers. I found the flowers to be more orange than scarlet.

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 66cm x 50cm wide.

The Original can be obtained from Boranup Gallery

Framed price $3500

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