Welcome to our art store, currently featuring prints of native birds of my watercolour paintings. They are printed on high quality Hannemule watercolour paper by an artisan printer, so they look like the original watercolour paintings. They come in three sizes with respective prices, A2, A3 and A4. The dimensions are A2; 61 x 44.8cms, A3; 42 x 29.7cms and A4; 29.7 x 21cms.
Postage and packaging aren’t included in the print purchase. Prints will be packaged in cardboard tubes for postage. Enjoy!
Our beloved Tui has become much more prolific in recent times and can be found singing its heart out and doing its aerial antics in most urban gardens. The original painting is A1 and I had to paint half of it upside down because I couldn’t reach the top of the paper on my desk. As I painted the eye, it began looking at me and we developed a relationship where it would make comments about how the painting was going. It won a merit award at the NZ Watercolour Society’s annual exhibition.
The gorgeous NZ falcon or Karearea in Maori, is endangered and very rarely seen. It was a real pleasure to capture it in paint with its steely eye and magnificent claws. It flies rapidly to catch prey and does not hover or soar like the NZ hawk. There is a sanctuary in Rotorua called Wingspan where the falcons can be protected and the population can be monitored.
The native Fernbird is also endangered and rarely seen, though there are clusters where if you’re lucky you might spot one. They are small, measuring round 13cms and have a beautiful fern like tail, hence the name. Painting the Fernbird was a real pleasure and felt like a celebration of the ones that are with us.
The native Kakariki, our little green parrot of the forest with its compelling red eye. It is also endangered but you can visit these lovely birds at the Nga Manu bird sanctuary in Kapiti. Seeing them there inspired me to paint this one, I was amazed at the richness of the greens, ranging from lime to deep aqua, beautifully complementing the red in the eye. Some have a yellow forehead, others a red one.
Our beautiful native Ruru, otherwise known as ‘Morepork’, because of the sound of its call, is a bird of the night. It flies absolutely silently because of its particular configuration of feathers, enabling it to catch it’s prey. It’s unusual to see them during the day, but there have been many sightings at dawn and dusk. I’ve never seen one so am delighted to be able to draw them and bring them to life on paper.
The NZ Kaka is a large parrot, now seen frequently in urban gardens. They have increased in numbers along with many of our natives because of Zealandia, a magnificent reserve in Wellington. They have a formidable beak which they use for foraging but will eat from garden bird feeders and become quite demanding. It’s great to see the numbers increasing and it’s been a pleasure for me to capture this wonderful bird in graphite.
This print is called ‘Summer Flowers’ and is from a book. I gained permission from the author and had a very pleasant email exchange with her. It was mid winter in England at the time and she was pleased to know that I was painting it in summer, hence the name of the painting.
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