Those who follow my facebook page, Evelyn Antonysen at Forth Art Studio, will be aware that I am currently preparing for an exhibition of works on birds, “Wings”, to open mid-December. I have been posting some photos on my fb page but will also share them here. My initial degree was Science based asIi trained to be a Maths/Science teacher so scientific illustration has always been an interest. I love the careful observation and rendering but it art I also love freedom to go beyond accurate recording…. more of that looser style later. Most importantly, whatever style of presenting the image is adopted, the personality of the creature must be captured.
Superb Blue Wren preening
The most tricky of these 3 paintings was the wren as it’s form is not readily recognisable. Interesting I feel it is the one which captures the animal’s “personality” best…. perhaps because I watch them so much…. very entertaining and the males are so vain.
Some of my earliest drawings and paintings are of birds. It is a subject to which I often return both with painting and drawing and with photography. This, pied oyster catcher, is my most recent bird painting. My reference was a photo I took at the end of 2011 while on a trip to Northern NSW, returning via the coast. I took every opportunity to photograph my beloved feathered friends.