Whoosh – Watercolour Painting

Another of my pigeons in flight series. This is ‘Whoosh’, a pigeon flying past my window. I like the speed and control he has over the wind and the thermals.

whoosh-bird-paintingHe is painted in watercolour on 16×12 inch Lana paper. Lana Vanguard paper from France is a synthetic paper designed for artists. It’s a bright white, very smooth surface and non-absorbant, so the watercolour sits on top. With no loss of paint into the surface the colours of the watercolour remain brilliant, they don’t fade as they dry, wonderful for colour lovers. You also get unusual effects in the paint as it drys. 

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The Builder – A Starling Painting

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.

The Builder

Painted in watercolour on 16×12 inch Saunders Waterford watercolour paper.