Blue Faced Honeyeater

The Story Behind the Painting

The blue faced honey eater is a wonderful bird that hangs around my cottage every day, all year round. I often see it taking a drink from my bird bath or searching around the bushes for berries. It seems to be frequently chased away by the noisy miners but soon returns a few minutes later.

It is often seen flying past my front door and landing in the grevillea searching for nectar, usually hanging upside down in an amusing display of acrobatics.

My Painting Process

I thought that I would try a little bit of a different effect with this painting and go for a soft edge on the bird bath. As I’m always up for trying something new, to some extent.

Next I moved on to painting the feathers of the honey eater, which was an unusual order as I usually paint the eyes first.

On this occasion I wanted to make sure that the black face was painted first so I could judge the lightness of the blue surrounding the eyes.

I started off with a light blue and gradually painted it darker until it matched my photo.

I always like painting birds feet but struggle with a nice sharp claw, I’m slowing improving.

I started painting straight after breakfast and forgot I was supposed to have a faded edge to the bird bath. Looking at my photo I realised that I needed to darken the water up and then I darkened the bird bath to the edge of the masking tape, so an end to my soft edge.

This was looking a little stark so I added a soft cream background and that seemed to balance the painting up a little.

This has a slightly different frame as I thought it would look better in a black mount representing a window. This is how I saw the bird from inside the house while working on another painting.

I’m very easily distracted by birds when they come in a wide variety of striking colours as they do in Australia.

This painting will be added to my market collection as I’m thinking of painting a larger honey eater for my exhibition next September 2022.

Gouache and Watercolour Paper

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 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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