This 11" by 14", acrylic painting on canvas, is
one of my paintings of birds of America: a Bewick's Wren.
This one of my paintings of birds of America is based on a photograph by
wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela (in his "Birds of Arizona Field Guide"),
who has given me permission to use his bird photos as a basis for my
bird paintings. The Bewick's Wren
has a bright white chest with a tinge of peach. He is perched on the
old rotted outcropping of a tree with textured bark.
I basecoated this one of my paintings of birds of America in dark complementary colors, and then built up the bird's final colors, layer by layer, with thin strokes, which resulted in the feathery, tuft-like texture. The bark of the tree was painted with quick heavy strokes of color to mimic a rough texture.
The canvas has been sprayed with clear acrylic gloss varnish to keep the colors bright, and has been signed by the artist. This one of my bird paintings ships bubblewraped flat in a no-bend cardboard box.