Honkey Nut Heaven- Red-capped Parrots on a Pink Flowering Marri

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THE QUIET PARROTS OF THE WEST

With colours to challenge a harlequin clown, the brilliant Red-capped Parrots are surprisingly not so easily found in a tree. In parts of the south-west corner of Western Australia, they are moderately common birds. Large flowering grevillea shrubs in gardens and Marri trees laden with the bell shaped fruit known locally as “Honkey Nuts  are where they are most frequently observed feeding. The female is similar to the male but has duller colouration. Either bird can vary in size from 32cm to 39cm long- which is quite a remarkable difference in length. Red-capped Parrots are endemic to the South-west corner of Western Australia.

Red capped parrot detail 1Detail in the painting

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 56cm x 42cm wide and is currently unframed.

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage.

Unframed price $2250

 

 

 

 

Reflections in the Afternoon

Bronzewing Pigeons resting in the early afternoon

Watercolour painting on Arches 300GSM Hot Press Paper.

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.

This was a three week project beginning with drawings, composition sketches and final painting.

The unframed original is now available directly from the Artist.

Dimensions 71cm wide and 51cm high

Price unframed $4250

 

LIMITED EDITION PRINT: reflections in the Afternoon: Common Bronzewings

This is a Limited Edition Print reproduced commercially on heavy weight (300gsm) Hahnemule or Canson Fine Art Paper. The image size is approximately 90% that of the original painting. The original will soon be with the repro-photographer but the dimensions will be around 65cm x 48cm. Prints will be delivered via Australia Post (or your expressed alternative) within a 90mm diameter mailing tube. Postage and Packaging in Australia is included in the price. Overseas purchasers will need to make email contact to discuss one-off packaging and payment arrangement.

A$450.00

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

 

Flame Robins on the Snow Gum small _D8H6073We 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.

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage.

Unframed price $845.

Email enquiries (only) are welcome at any stage: spikercs@gmail.com.

 

Detail from the painting:

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Free As – A Welcome Swallow in flight.

 

Welcome Swallow SMALL _D8H6068Simply elegant and simply beautiful small birds of the rural wetlands and urban verandahs. We notice the while  stains on a footpath, look up, and there is the nest with adult birds feeding the chicks in their cosy mud nests. Or, winging over a plain of water in the evening light swooping down and around to collect insects in their little open beaks.

I propose to display the painting at this years Margaret River Region Open Studios event to be held from 25 April to 10 May 2020.

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures approx. 36cm x 25cm wide.

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage.

Framed price $545.

Email enquiries (only) are welcome at any stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-eared Firetails perched on Semaphore Sedge

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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) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budgerigars after the Spinifex seed

 

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When wondering through the spinifex grasslands of central Australia I would occasionally encounter Budgerigars. As you passed by a small bushy Mallee out would fly a Budgie or three and scare the life out of you. And if you ever want to send yourself blind, try painting the striped feathers on the Budgie’s head.

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

ORIGINAL SOLD THROUGH BORANUP GALLERY

 

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LEP Budgerigars after the Spinifex Seed- Giclee Print Signed, Numbered (n of 200) and Titled.

This is a Limited Edition Print reproduced on heavy weight (300gsm) Moab Entrada Fine Art Paper. The image size is 34.5cm x 29.0cm. Prints will be delivered via Australia Post (or your expressed alternative) within a 90mm diameter mailing tube. Postage and Packaging in Australia is included in the price. Overseas purchasers will need to make email contact to discuss one-off packaging and payment arrangement.

A$245.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Princess is Preening: Princess Parrots on Marble Gum

 

Princess Parrot Preening small _D8H5485I remember that during our 11 + years in Alice Springs, whenever I got to travel west of Alice that I kept an eye out for Princess Parrots- I never got to see them in the wild. These beautiful birds with soft colour tones are a rarity for bird watchers mainly because they normally occur in the remote deserts of Western Australia (i.e. Great Victoria Desert, Gibson Desert and Great Sandy Desert).

It seems that their colours vary considerably in intensity from bird to bird.

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

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage.

Framed price $4650

Limited Edition Print: “The Princess is Preening”- Princess Parrots on Marbled Gum

This is a Limited Edition Print reproduced commercially on heavy weight (300gsm) Canson Fine Art Paper. The image size is approximately 90% that of the original painting. The original is currently with the repro-photographer but the dimensions will be around 65cm x 48cm. Prints will be delivered via Australia Post (or your expressed alternative) within a 90mm diameter mailing tube. Postage and Packaging in Australia is included in the price. Overseas purchasers will need to make email contact to discuss one-off packaging and payment arrangement.

A$450.00

 

 

 

OUT AND ABOUT: Eastern Rosellas on Yellow Gum

 

eastern Rosella small _D8H5272Eastern Rosellas have been a favourite bird from as long ago as my earliest years living in Central Victoria. I remember drawing a picture of them while at Primary School as an assignment or project for the Gould League of Bird Lovers. Dunolly Primary School and nearby bushland was covered in Yellow Gums- the cream flowering versions. It’s taken a bit under 60 years to repeat the effort but this time using watercolours. The background, while simple, is actually based on a view near Bright in NE Victoria.

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 65cm x 50cm wide and is currently unframed.

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage.

Framed price $3950

EASTERN ROSELLA 06 Limited Edition Print of Eastern Rosellas on Yellow Gum

This is a Limited Edition Print reproduced commercially on heavy weight (300gsm) Canson Fine Art Paper. The image size is approximately 90% that of the original painting. The original is currently with the repro-photographer but the dimensions of the print image will be around 65cm x 48cm. Prints will be delivered via Australia Post (or your expressed alternative) within a 90mm diameter mailing tube. Postage and Packaging in Australia is included in the price. Overseas purchasers will need to make email contact to discuss one-off packaging and payment arrangement.

A$450.00

Greeting Card Pack of 6 Rosellas

2 each of 5″x7″ Cards of the Eastern, Western, and Northern Rosellas. Normal price is $6.95 each – in this pack less than $6.00 each- just $35 for the pack Postage anywhere in Australia is included in the price.

A$35.00

Rosella cards

 

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

 

Full image small of paintingRed-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 and is currently unframed.

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage.

Framed price $3500

 

 

LIMITED EDITION PRINT: PERFECT DAY IN PHOENCIEA: RED-COLLARED LORIKEETS feeding on Eucalyptus phoenicea

This is a Limited Edition Print reproduced commercially on heavy weight (300gsm) Canson Fine Art Paper. The image size is approximately 90% that of the original painting. The original is currently with the repro-photographer but the dimensions of the print image will be around 65cm x 48cm. Prints will be delivered via Australia Post (or your expressed alternative) within a 90mm diameter mailing tube. Postage and Packaging in Australia is included in the price. Overseas purchasers will need to make email contact to discuss one-off packaging and payment arrangement.

A$450.00

Western Rosellas on Eucalyptus erythronema

 

Western Rosellas E erythronema smallI have a great love for these gentle little rosellas of Western Australia. We have 4 or 5 come to our garden fairly frequently and for us that is a bonus of living here in Margaret River.

I previously painted this species a few times before based upon the colours of the sub-species found in the SW corner of WA. I think this painting features some of the finest line/brush work I have so far undertaken: I certainly took my time with it.

(For those interested in the sub-species variations, this painting is based upon the inland birds or Platycercus icterotis xanthogenys as best as I could as there is very little reference material available to be conclusive in some aspects. The key difference with the more southern birds is found in the red margins on the upper back feathers. (The SW sub-species has more green margins.)

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 46cm x 37cm wide.

The Original can be obtained from Boranup Gallery.

Framed price $ (contact Boranup Gallery for price)

A4N75 WESTERN ROSELLAS ON Eucalyptus erythronema (Lindsay Gum)

This is an A4 Giclee print with a 5mm white border on all sides for mounting purposes. Printed on 300gsm Moab Somerset Bright Rag. We deliver the print in an Australia Post approved mailing tube. Postage and delivery costs are included in the price.

A$65.00