ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

Scroll down to view original watercolour paintings and drawings available direct through this website or at our studio in Margaret River and if in Perth, at Aspects of Kings Park.

SCARLET-CHESTED PARROTS on RED-BUDDED mallee

These small Parrots impress me greatly for their colour, quietness and ability to survive in a harsh environment. I have chosen the match-up between this mallee and these birds because they both occur in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia – harsh country. Scarlet- chested parrots are about 20cm long: they are a relatively small parrot- just like Budgerigars.

The original watercolour painting is now available direct from the artist and is currently unframed.

Original Watercolour Scarlet-chested Parrots on Eucalyptus pachyphylla unframmed

Dimensions of the original are: 34cm x 39cm This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. The painting would be delivered in an Australia Post approved mailing tube or similar standard tube. Postage and packaging are included in the price. All items are posted through Australia Post. International postal payment is also not required for this original

A$2,300.00

MAJOR MITCHELLS ON THE MURCHISON

MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOOS ON AN INLAND RIVER RED GUM ALONG THE MURCHISON RIVER WA

Whenever I consider an idea for a new a painting and a new subject in particular, I do a thorough amount of research to obtain a reliable posture for the birds. And then I draw each bird separately as well as the background combined with the perch or branches. Then I bring them together into one drawing- this takes about 3-5 days of drawing, photography and printing ready for the image to be traced through onto the watercolour paper. And then I stretch the sheet by saturating it with water in the shower and then taping the edges down onto a flat clean sheet of ply. A week of drawing work and weighing up different things has occurred before any paint is applied. It takes 24 hours for the sheet to dry out ready for painting.

Being birds of the inland and remote areas of Australia, I chose a backdrop featuring an inland waterway- in this case the Murchison River of Western Australia. As I advance my way through I check details on things like the eye colour by referring to very reliable bird guides including “The Australian Bird Guide” by the CSIRO team.

I had seen a few other paintings with poorly painted yellow markings in the crest and I wanted to ensure that did not happen. But, when I checked the CSIRO Guide I found that the Western Australian sub-species (mollis) has very little yellow in the crest. So much for the bright yellow flags that I originally intended on my bird. I have included some yellow which appears to be consistent with what I read.

The birds are perched on the branches of a Eucalyptus camalulensis ssp arida– Inland River Red Gum

MAJOR MITCHELLS ON THE MURCHISON- An original watercolour painting Framed

Dimensions of the original are: 70cm x 53cm This is a framed watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$8,000.00

WESTERN SPINEBILL ON Eucalyptus caesia

Western Spinebill (male) and Eucalyptus caesia (Gungurru)

Western Spinebills are one of the truly impressive small birds in the Karri/Marri bushland of Western Australia. A fond favourite, these small birds measuring abetween 135-155mm in length feed quickly after landing on a grevillea, correa, hakea or any other nectar producing flowering plant.

Western Spinebill on Eucalyptus caesia- An original watercolour painting- unframed

Dimensions of the original are: 38cm x 28cm This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. The painting would be delivered in an Australia Post approved mailing tube or similar standard tube. Postage and packaging are included in the price. All items are posted through Australia Post. International postal payment is also not required for this original.

A$1,500.00

SCARLET ROBINS: “POSTED”

There was a day we travelled along bush tracks west of Dryandra Forest in Western Australia, and saw over thirty Scarlet Robins mostly perched on top of farm land fence posts. These are another species of birds that often dwell on the edge of bushland adjacent to open farmland paddocks. At home, in Margaret River, I had rarely seen a Scarlet Robin in our bush garden. And one day I decided to clear a track about six metres long and within an hour a pair of scarlet Robins came along to check out if there were any grubs or beetles in the disturbed area. I was left wondering- Were they always in the upper foliage of our tall trees and then saw me at work and worth a closer inspection?

SCARLET ROBINS POSTED- ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING- FRAMED

Dimensions of the original are: 35cm x 29cm This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$2,700.00

SPINY-CHEEKED HONEYEATER ON PEAR FRUITED MALLEE

Framed painting

This framed painting features one of Western Australia’s most stunning flowering mallees, and a bird that frequents the dry inland mallee habitat across practically all of inland Australia.: mostly a dry country bird. It is when I encounter these Honeyeaters that I am alerted to the fact that I am back in the outback. The Spiny cheeks were common birds in the bush and urban areas of Alice Springs when we lived there. As for the Pear-fruited Mallee well this is just a stunning plant featuring flower heads that measure around 10 cm across and produce large clusters of fruit.

The painting is framed with non-reflective glass which has a UV rating of 70% with acid free conservation matt board.

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater on Pear-fruited Mallee- FRAMED ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR

This is a framed original watercolour with overall dimensions of: 68.5cm x 59.5cm. We can deliver either by personal pick-up, or through “Pack & Send”, or by your choice. This is an original watercolour painted on Arches 300gsm Hot-pressed paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$2,000.00

CHUDITCH- WESTERN QUOLL LEAVING THE FOREST

The Western Quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii) is a rarely observed marsupial in the South-west of Western Australia where they mostly inhabit Jarrah/Marri bushland.

I first saw and photographed an Eastern Quoll in The Stones wildlife reserve near Portland, Victoria back in the 1970’s. In those days they were called Tiger Cats and people hated them because they believed that they killed their chooks. I just think the Quolls are beautiful animals well worthy of protection and preservation regardless of a bit of mischief here and there. The Western Quoll, is commonly known in Western Australia by the local (Noongar) Aboriginal name of Chuditch. There are no spots on the tail of the Western Quoll which is the largest carnivorous marsupial in WA. There are four species of Dasyurus in Australia and all are endangered mainly through loss of habitat.

Chuditch- Western Quoll Leaving the Forest- An original watercolour- FRAMED

Dimensions of the unframmed painting: 55cm x 41cm This is an original watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser.

A$3,500.00

BARNIE & Boo

EASTERN BARN OWL & SOUTHERN BOOBOOK

“Barnie & Boo” is an adaption of an image I once saw for a fleeting moment some time ago. This often happens as an artist you see something and then get-too and creat your version of a glimpse- this is to build your own idea from another source as compared to a plain copy. Our Owls are precious birds: these night-time hunters are susceptible to catching baited rodents which can lead to the death of the Owl as well as the “rat”. “Barnie & Boo” is the last painting for 2021, which for us has been outstanding to say the least.

Once framed and in a gallery this painting may be priced at over $3200

Barnie and Boo- an original framed watercolour painting

Dimensions of the unframmed painting: 37cm x 47cm This is an original watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$3,300.00

HOODED PARROTS

Revised image of Hooded Parrots

This painting features a landscape from Bukbukluk Lookout about 80km East of Pine Creek.

The painting is currently unframed and the price shown is for an unframed work.

This is a watercolour on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed paper and is unframed. The dimensions of the original are 31cm x 36cm

HOODED PARROTS of Pine Creek- FRAMED ORIGINAL

This is an original watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot pressed Paper Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser.

A$2,700.00

LESSER SOOTY OWL- IN THE DEPTH OF THE FOREST- A DRAWING

LESSER SOOTY OWL

This work is a drawing using Pitt Oil based pencils on Fabriano 280gsm textured watercolour paper. The grain in the paper provides a rough surface in line with the aim of – not to get lost in detail. If you are familiar with my painting of the Regent Bowerbirds you may notice similarity in the included subjects like twirling vines and ferny like leaves. The Lesser Sooty Owl is found in a relatively small region of Queensland and is fairly common.

Pitt Oil is not commonly known but the characteristics are quite remarkable as the depth of blackness works a treat while not reflecting light like a standard graphite pencil will normally generate.

SOOTY OWL (An original drawing)

70cm x 50cm Watercolour on Fabriano 200gsm Rough Paper. Delivery is via Australia Post

A$1,150.00

KAKADU CONTRAST- SHINING FLYCATCHERS

SHINING FLYCATCHERS

Walking around the Melaleuca shrubland on the edge of Cooinda Waters at Kakadu National Park I spotted and photographed the female Shining Flycatcher. I was immediately impressed by the distinctive colour of the feathers on the wings and tail: very unique colouring for Australian birds. But the Top End of the Northern Territory appears to have a fairly strong number of Flycatchers as we observed a few species in our recent short trip.

One of the things I normally do when painting birds, particularly birds from more remote areas, or of lesser known birds, is search the Internet to see what paintings may exist or have been painted long ago. In this case, I would be confident in saying that this is a very rare piece of bird artwork . I have not found any contemporary paintings and only two historical works.

This is a watercolour on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed paper and is unframed. The dimensions of the original are 31cm x 36cm

Shining Flycatchers , Kakadu Contrast- An original watercolour painting

This is a framed original watercolour painting with the image dimensions measuring 31cm x 35 cm watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot-pressed paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$2,700.00

PORTRAIT OF A WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE

This is the first Bird of Prey that I have painted for some years. The details in the face were a surprise as I progressed through the original drawing. While they are not so colourful, they have such a powerful persons that can be seen in the eyes and the brow.

Portrait of a Wedge-tailed Eagle- Original Watercolour- UNFRAMED

35cm x 25cm Watercolour on Arches 300gsm Hot-pressed paper. Delivery is via Australia Post

A$600.00

WINTER’S EVENING LOOKOUT

Revised Image of Australian Masked Owl

There is a cult status in our region for the Australian Masked Owl. They are a mysterious bird in so many ways and is seldom observed let alone correctly identified. Perhaps this is due to the simlarities with Barn Owls despite one being whitish and the other (the Masked Owl) being darker. And of course they would normally be observed at night which makes identification all that much more difficult. The colour pattern on the wings and back are difficult to decipher because of the minute random markings that bare little resemblance to a pattern. There is some baring across feathers and white triagle(ish) shaped markings on some feather ends – but not on all of them. While these Owls are found around Australia the colours vary considerably and in Tasmania the birds are very brown in colour.

I placed the bird on a stumpy hollow ended branch of an old Karri tree which I came across south of Boranup. The wet tree trunk accentuates the colours of the bark and the clouds are also to represent a winters storm which is a common feature in that part of the world. A tough place for an Owl to make a go of it really.

This is a watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed paper. Dimensions are 41cm x 54cm and is currently unframed.

WINTERS EVENING LOOKOUT- AUSTRALIAN MASKED OWL.- FRAMED ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR

This is a framed original watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed paper. Dimensions are 41cm x 54cm. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$3,700.00

SPLENDID FAIRY-WRENS WITH YELLOW BUTTERCUPS

Splendid Fairy Wrens seem to enjoy hanging out together and it may well be (based on sound research) that more often than not the female has more than one boyfriend helping in the breeding process. Enough gossip. The Splendids spend a lot of time on or near the ground which is why I incorporated the small Hibbertia hypericoides (Yellow Buttercups).

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

Dimensions of the picture are 39cm x 29cm

Price Framed $3300

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SPLENDID FAIRY-WRENS WITH YELLOW HIBBERTIA

This is a framed watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$3,300.00

RED FLOWERING GUM

Corymbia ficifolia

I remember seeing a mature tree in the school yard in Central Victoria many years ago and was so blown away by the shear brilliance of the flourish of brilliant red colour all over its canopy. Here in the west I am surprised that Corymbia ficifolia is not planted more as a specimen tree or as street trees. The City of Busselton is certainly getting onto in their street scaping works and they should start to look brilliant by about 2025-ish.(They do look good now).

This is a watercolour painted on Arches 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper. Dimensions of the picture are 45cm x 62cm (unframed and therefore dimensions may change a little).

AVAILABLE THROUGH ASPECTS OF KINGS PARK, PERTH= or

PLEASE CONTACT THE ARTIST BY EMAIL IF INTERESTED: spikercs@gmail.com

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: $2700 from the artist

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COCKATIELS FROM THE INLAND- A FRAMED OPRIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$2,700.00

EASTERN ROSELLAS- OUT AND ABOUT- An original watercolour

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.

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EASTERN ROSELLAS- OUT & ABOUT- A FRAMED ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR

This is a framed watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. The frame is light toned Tasmanian Oak. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$4,000.00

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 $2700

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WOODSWALLOWS AT REST-MASKED AND WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOWS- a FRAMED ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$2,700.00

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.

PLEASE CONTACT THE ARTIST BY EMAIL IF INTERESTED: spikercs@gmail.com

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

Framed original $6000 Please contact the Artist by email if intersted: spikercs@gmail.com

RED-TAILS AT KINGS PARK

RED-TAILS IN KINGS PARK

About two years ago while wandering about Kings Park, I came across a small flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos feeding on Eucalyptus caesia. They were very obliging and I obtained a good number of ohotographs that, until now, had sat quietly and unused. We have the Silver Priness form of the plant in our own front garden and it is currently in bloom (without the Red-tails).

This watercolour is paint on Arches 300 GSM Hot pressed paper. The inage is approximately 51cm x 70cm.

Available from the Artist

SOLD in 2021 for $7000

WESTERN ROSELLAS ON ILLYARRIE

There is a strong correlation between local birds and the birds that I frequently paint. I guess that’s stating the obvious: and why not paint them seeing that they are what brings the greatest pleasure from day to day in the surrounding district and in our home garden. This time I placed the Western Rosellas in a Eucalyptus erythrocorys. The aim was to produce a study in red and yellow. The American artist James Whistler used to title paintings according to the predominant colours he used, so I thought I can too. I normally place my bird subject on a plant that the birds commonly and found in. I have possibly stretched the concept with this picture. I checked the maps and there is a genuine probability that the distribution range for these two species overlaps somewhere between Perth and Geraldton- somewhere. But in any event, the Illyarie is common in street plantings in the South-west and therefore its OK to place these birds on this tree.

SOLD unframed : $3000

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.

PLEASE CONTACT THE ARTIST BY EMAIL IF INTERESTED: spikercs@gmail.com

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.

Available from the Artist

Framed price $3000

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Flame in the Snow: PAIR OF FLAME ROBINS ON A SNOW GUM- a framed original watercolour painting

This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$3,000.00

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: $7000

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

PLEASE CONTACT THE ARTIST BY EMAIL IF INTERESTED: spikercs@gmail.com

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

PLEASE CONTACT THE ARTIST BY EMAIL IF INTERESTED: spikercs@gmail.com

RED-WATTLEBIRD ON BANKSIA MENZEISII

A fine art watercolour painting 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.

Framed Price: $4500

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RED-WATTLEBIRD ON BANKSIA MENZEISII

This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$4,500.00

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 price $4500

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THE PRINCESS IS PREENING: Princess Parrots on a Marble Gum

This is a watercolour painted on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed Paper. Delivery of the framed painting would require an additional payment for the transport as agreed upon by the purchaser

A$4,500.00

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.

SOLD

WREN IN THE DEEP WOODS

A very rare picture from my studio this week: this is the first acrylic painting of a bird that I have painted. I started this work about six months ago and left it with not much more than 25% completed. This week I recommenced painting (after eight weeks off) as an easy way to get back into painting while recovering from post viral fatigue.

This is a small painting on 300gsm Arches Hot press paper using Windsor and Newton acrylic paints.

SOLD- Off to the USA

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