Wuruma Dam Pelican

The Story Behind the Painting

Just as Pete and Cynthia were getting their boat ready for a day of fishing and red clawing at Wuruma Dam boat ramp a pelican came by looking for food.

Cynthia took this photo in the early morning light and was amazed by the reflection and ripples in the water. She commissioned me to paint this and a few others scenes from Wuruma Dam to hang in their new home.

My Painting Process

This is going to be a quick explanation about my painting process as my phone run out of battery so only took a few photos.

This time I thought I would start off painting the very light blues working darker all the time to pure indigo.


This pelican was much smaller than my last one so the amount of detail was not possible in such a small work but I tried my best

More blues were added to create the ripples and a little white paint.

I had to make a change to the beak as if I matched the photo too much it looked a little muddy with been in shadow.

The rest of the pelican was quite simple as it was either black or while with a few grey feathers.


I don’t think there was much difference between this photo and the last other than my signature and a few touch ups.


Artwork framed up for Cynthia to go with her Red Claw and leaf painting.


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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