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.

The Original can be obtained from the artist at this stage. I am hoping to get the painting framed by early August. Limited edition prints will also be available then.

Unframed price $6000  Framed price will be about $6700-7000.

 

Limited Edition Print- Galahs on a gum tree- “The Storyteller”

Limited Edition Prints – limited to 200 prints and printed on Hahnemule 300 gsm bright white rag paper. (Referred to as a Giclée Print). The dimensions of the print are approximately 90% the size of the original painting: image dimensions are 645mm x 478mm. Postage is by 90mm diameter card board mailing tube and is free within Australia.

A$450.00

 

 

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.

Framed price $3195

 

 

 

 

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 Framed $4250

 

LIMITED EDITION PRINT: reflections in the Afternoon: Common Bronzewings

This is a Limited Edition Print reproduced on the finest quality heavy weight (300gsm) Hahnemule 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 655mm x 478mm. 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.

Framed price $1495.

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) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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