Rose Crowned Fruit Dove

The Story Behind the Painting

This is another one from Australia Zoo, the place I go to photograph difficult to find or unusual animals. I didn’t realise that doves came in such bright colours and I would love to find one in the wild on day.

My Painting Process

I was trying to create a nice soft out of focus back ground, which seems is a little more difficult than I first thought.

This time I didn’t use masking fluid, I only saturated the paper where I was planning to place the paint for the background.


I think I may have made the background a little too dark and didn’t realise until I started painting the dove.


I liked painting the dove as I got to use a few colours that I wouldn’t normally use. The blue chest was a little difficult with all the pointy feather patterns but after awhile I was getting the hang of them.

After I painted the dove I realised that the background seemed to be a little distracting and not quite what I wanted.

Sometimes things don’t always work out and this was now a mission to save my painting with a little rework.


In the end I just made the background up with a few nice patterns that resembled banana leaves. I also created darker edges and leading lines to bring the focus back onto the bird.

In the end I think I managed to save my painting as someone also like it enough to purchase it a few months ago along with 3 other bird painting. So in the end the extra little effort paid off.


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 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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