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.
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.
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.
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Enjoy, Chris Osborne