A Goldfinch Painting

I love goldfinches. There are so many here in Central London, you hear them singing from high above and watch them flying in groups from tree to tree. So pretty and such lovely singers too. If there’s a sweet song in the air and small birds perched on the tv aerials. you can bet they’re goldfinches.

goldfinch

This one is perched on a post checking out a feeder. He is painted in watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.
goldfinch detail

Pigeon Argument

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. :-)

argueing-pigeons

I loved the cross expression on his face! I think that’s called getting beak slapped.

argueing-pigeons2

It’s a 16×12 inch painting in ink and watercolour on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.

Flying Beneath The Waves

Rocky the Rockhopper penguin diving beneath the waves. I adore penguins and for this painting I really wanted to get a feeling of the water itself, the space he’s flying through with such ease. When you watch penguins under water they move so amazingly well, like bird shaped torpedoes.

diving-rockhopper-painting

Flying Beneath The Waves
16×12 inches acrylic on board
Sold
So the idea started with trying to capture him ‘in flight’  under water. Once Rocky was painted I wanted to add some extra dimensions to the painting. I started by adding drops of acrylic paint to form bubbles. I let them set fully as nice distinct drops and then I added several layers of clear acrylic gels so that Rocky really appears to be under water.

diving-rockhopper-detail3

I also used some photo luminescent crystals in the paint so that Rocky would glow in the dark. As light levels fall they glow blue. It’s very hard to photograph though.

diving-rockhopper-painting-night

I loved painting this one and I loved rocky so much I would happily have kept him. But he’s already gone to his new home.