Birds in Watercolour


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.

Wise?

Wise?

Superb Blue Wren preening

Superb Blue Wren preening

Wattlebird

Wattlebird

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.

Birds in watercolour… flame robin


The flame robin is one of our beautiful, colourful small birds in Tasmania. Although we do not get them in our garden, a friend, Natalia, in nearby Wilmot has resident, chubby, “robin red breasts”. Natalia, took the photo from which I have painted this robin in watercolour. I am lucky that she is so good at taking clear photos and has permitted me to use her image for reference. Still a little twigging to do on this work in progress, and the decision on whether to create a background (if I do I usually design my own, often incorporating our Australian eucalypts). What do you think?
No background emphasises the shapes of the negative spaces and offers no competition to the subject, so the viewer focuses solely on our little feathered friend.
Background gives a sense of place, can lead the eye on a journey and offers more interest in colour and design.

Watercolour, flame robin, a work in progress

Watercolour, flame robin, a work in progress