This is a Splendid Starling, also known as the Splendid Glossy Starling, very well named isn’t he? Spectacular colours in those feathers. This one lives at London Zoo and when I visited in spring he was very busy building a nest. I sat and watched him for quite a while. He was able to get so much straw in his beak at one go! I was impressed with the effort and I’m sure the nest must have been a work of art. His colours are all blues and greens with a touch of iridescence on wings and that amazing orange breast.
Painted in watercolour on 16×12 inch Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
He’s painted in watercolour on Cornwall paper with some iridescent blues and golds to bring out those beautiful feathers.
Another of my pigeons in action series. This pigeon is doing a banking turn as he comes in to land on my window ledge. I think of their wings smearing the sky as they land and I wanted to try an get that feeling in a painting.
Black Faced Sheep are a common breed in the UK and they are very fine looking sheep. I wanted to capture her dark face with lots of deep reds and purples and contrast it with her fleece, full of golds and yellows.
The fleece on her neck was thick and with the light behind her it looked like a crown of fire on top of her head. Painted on 18×14 inch Fabriano Artistico rough watercolour paper, I love the texture in this paper.
This is my boy Harry showing off his fabulous whiskers. He’s such a handsome boy! I love his profile and those amazing yellow eyes but I wanted to capture his whiskers, so I went for this rather unusual angle. I love the colour, he always looks good in red.
I saw these two pigeons in the park while I was feeding the robins. They were having an argument and one pigeon effectively punched the other with his beak! I guess it’s the only way to get your point across forcefully if you’re a pigeon. :-)
It’s a 16×12 inch painting in ink and watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
A robin portrait in watercolour. He is a regular visitor in the gardens here and has just had a nest full of fledglings. Such a lovely sound, all those baby robins singing in the hedge. He and the wife have been coming for food to help feed the family and I’ve been able to watch them close up. A real privilege.