Australia Zoo Market collection

The Story Behind the Paintings

I am so excited to be displaying my artwork at the Australia Zoo Markets as they are only on once a year and the proceeds of the stalls go to the wildlife warriors.

Here I will highlight some of my Australia Zoo Market collection as they will be available on 1st August 2020 at the Australia Zoo carpark, along with my postcards.

I have decided to make my art affordable to all, because not everyone can afford a professionally framed gallery artwork in this current climate. So I have created a range of prints and mini originals.

  1. Prints Postcard, Bookmarks, Fridge Magnets $2.50, Greeting Cards $5
  2. Prints Framed Postcards $20
  3. Original Mini Artwork, Market Collection $60
  4. Original Gallery Artwork & Commissions $300 – $600
Framed Postcards & Original Mini Bug Artworks

My Painting Process

Moving away from my normal subjects of Australian birds I thought some of my favourite zoo animals would be good for the Australian Zoo Markets.

Here you can see how small the mini paintings are, at only 110mm x 95mm about the size of a CD case.


However I have still managed to paint as much detail as possible using some of my finest brushes and a very steady hand.

This brush doesn’t look that fine but I’m only using the very tip as this style of brush holds more water and enables me to create long thin strokes of hair.


Finished are work in a 150mm x 150mm budget frame.

Each artwork is secured in place with double sided tape on acid free board and a spacer is placed between the matt board and the glass.

This makes sure that the artwork is not touching the glass eliminating damage.


One of the Lemurs that roam free around Bindi Island.


Since Australia Zoo has re opened the Lemurs have made more of an appearance and come much closer to the guests.


Lemur catching some warmth from the winter sun, I always like the surprised look they have.


The red panda receiving some training to walk around the enclosure while visiting all the best viewing points.

Red panda climbing a tree branch after eating all its treats.


Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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