Original Paintings

THE YEAR OF THE OWL & birds in flight

My aim for the remainder of 2021 and 2022 is to produce a few new works of Australian Owls and birds in flight and some intersting drawings and darker pictures- not scary LOL.

Scroll down to view original watercolour paintings and drawings available direct from us or through Aspects of Kings Park, Perth and Boranup Gallery in the South-west of WA

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 $3700

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Barnie and Boo- an original unframed 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 unframed painting would be via an Australia Post mailing tube and sent via Express Post within Australia.

A$2,495.00

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

This is an original watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot pressed Paper Delivery of the unframed painting would be via an Australia Post mailing tube and sent via Express Post within Australia.

A$2,395.00

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

31cm x 35 cm watercolour painting on Arches 300gsm Hot-pressed paper. Delivery is via Australia Post.

A$1,795.00

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$595.00

WINTER’S EVENING LOOKOUT

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 unframed.

WINTERS EVENING LOOKOUT- AUSTRALIAN MASKED OWL.- ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR

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

A$3,500.00

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

Price- SOLD $7000

The framing for this painting comprises glass that provides up to 70% UV protection.

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 $3250

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

Price FRAMED: $3750

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: $2650 from the artist

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.

Framed Price: $4250 from the Artist

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 $2495

Available 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

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 $5450

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.

Available from the Boranup Gallery

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 $2750

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

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

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.

Framed Price: $4250

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 $3950

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