White-cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on Illyarie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

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White cheeked Honeyeaters are common birds within Kings Park Perth.

Often along the coastal sector of the South West of WA, where there is a small eucalypt in flower, there seem to be White-Cheeks; and probably a Red Wattle Bird as well. We also encountered them a little inland from Geraldton WA while living there for a year or so. Up there they seemed to like the thickets of hakea, wattle and grevilleas.

But the plant on which I have seen them most is the Illyarie planted either on roadsides or in parklands.

Dimensions of the painting are: 46cm x 57cm.

Currently with the framer.

Framed price $2950  

 

 

 

 

The Storyteller: Galahs on the gum tree

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CHARACTERS OF THE OPEN PLAINS

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 that 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.

detail 2_D8H6287Detail in the painting

This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original image measures 71cm x 52cm wide and is currently unframed.
Available through Aspects of Kings park during the September Spring Festival 2020
Framed price $6500

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 beautifully framed watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The original picture measures 56cm x 42cm wide.
The Original can be obtained from Boranup Gallery
Framed price $3495

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.

Framed price POA

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Boranup Gallery

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