Series: Water Birds and their Environment

As the Title suggests, my new series of artworks will be water birds. Unlike some of my other bird paintings of a bird close-up, these will be portrayed within their environment, whether natural or migratory.

Over the years my cameras have taken me to wetlands, beaches, rivers, and lakes, to name a few sites. I am captivated by the peace and command that birds have of their surroundings. My own photographs will be my references, and some will be film stills from my videos.

Sitting Pretty – Dusky Moorhen Nesting
Watercolour, (Requires Framing)
42cm (W) x 29.7cm (H)

An artist friend lives across the range from us, and she took me to the Mapleton Lily Ponds. There, in one area of the pond, right near the footpath and road, was a water hen, The Dusky Moorhen. She sat on her nest, totally unperturbed by the busyness and noise surrounding her. I took a few snaps of the hen for reference, and also the lily ponds.

The following image is a graphite study of a Grebe for another watercolour painting I’m working on at present.

One little Grebe that I filmed at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens a few years ago. Such a delight to watch. So busy, swimming, diving, adding leaves to it’s nest, and surrounded by a magical environment of water, water lilies and lily pads.

I’ll still be painting my usual subjects but I hope you’ll enjoy the Water Birds in their individual environments as I complete the paintings. This series has been in my ‘to-do’ box for many years 🙂

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