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.
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.
Some little sketches of Blue tits. they come most days to the feeder on the window. These two sat in the tree ouside and seemed very fluffy. I think they must be new fledglings.
This is a watercolour sketch os a Waldrapp Ibis. Amazing looking birds.
I love his hat. :-)
I’ve been playing with ideas for a flying pigeon painting and enjoying the process of sketching him. The first sketch I wanted to try the shapes he makes in the air.
The second sketch I wanted to have some fun with washes of colour.