Posted on August 19, 2020
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.
Posted on July 20, 2020
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 in the painting
Posted on June 24, 2020
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.
Detail in the painting
Posted on June 8, 2020
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 beautifully framed original is now available from Boranup Gallery.
Picture dimensions are 71cm wide and 51cm high
Price Framed $4250
Posted on March 5, 2020
Simply 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.
Posted on February 28, 2020
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)
Posted on September 6, 2019
I 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 was sold through Boranup Gallery. (It was displayed for just one week)
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.