Artwork Two is a collection of more detailed work. For these pieces I have worked in Gouache, but I have found that coloured pencils (Faber Castelle Albrecht Durer range) offer me far more flexibility for fine detail. The paintings featured below use both mediums and are painted on Archers Acid Free Museum Quality Artboard.
Left: Swallows over the Blue Mountains, Katoomba NSW In spring many birds return to the same nests of previous years, often with the same partner. Their mud nests are built with mud pellets and can be seen plastered to the wall of a building. Artwork size 540mm x 270mm 2012.
Centre: Dollar Birds with Scribbly Gums, Snowey Mountains NSW Each year, around mid October, the Dollar Bird arrives in Australia . They get their name from the white patch on their wings. Artwork size 540mm x 270mm 2012.
Right: Rainbow Bee Eaters, Outback Queensland Taking several hundred wasps or bees in a day, the Bee Eaters fly back to their perch to batter and remove the sting of their victims.
Artwork size 540mm x 270mm 2013.
Left: Magpie with Brass Tap The Magpie takes its name from the European Pied Crow. With the coming of the breeding season, some Magpies develop a mean streak and take to dive bombing humans or animals invading their space.
Artwork size 300mm x 450mm 2011.
Centre: Grey Crowned Babblers Babblers live in a group of up to 12 individuals. Pairs mate for life and others within their group will help to build nests and feed the young.
Artwork size 270mm x 330mm 2012.
Right: Olive Backed Sunbirds on Jackfruit In tropical Queensland its not unusual to see a Sunbird's nest hanging from low branches or even a clothesline. Established pairs hold territory which the male protects while the female builds the nest and incubate the eggs.