We have so many wonderful song birds in Aotearoa/NZ.
I have been thinking about two art ideas for a while: how to represent our songbirds in an original way and using paste medium to create interesting painted backgrounds.
These ideas have come together in this new Songbird Series.
Although most of my art is graphite work, like most artists, I do love working in other mediums. My watercolour skills are lacking and oil paints of the past required mineral turps for clean up which I could not tolerate, so paint-wise, acrylic is my go to medium.
This new series are acrylic paints on large canvas with modelling paste, mod podge and sheet music, resulting in a mixed media artwork.
I asked my Facebook followers which native birds they think of when they consider "songbirds" and from the responses chose Tui, Bellbird, Silver Eye, Grey Warbler and Shining Cuckoo.
Then I got started. I began with the modelling paste and created raised fern patterns in the background. This was painted in multiple layers. The birds were created out of sheet music and attached with mod podge, then painted.
When all the highlights were completed, the works were left to dry for a week, then they were coated in a medium that seals the work and allows for dusting and wiping down with a cloth.
There are five artworks in this series:
#II Bellbird (Sold)
#IV Shining Cuckoo
#V Grey Warbler (Sold)
Each artwork also has a short verse.
It is a lot of fun to create a different form of art,
but now I am ready to go back to my graphite work for a while.
These are available at $355 each.
Send me a message for size and courier costs.
I have a drawing of the kawakawa caterpillar and moth on the go at the moment...
... I enjoy seeing these and other little critters around our valley.
Did you know kawakawa is edible? It has a peppery flavour and can be used as a tea or added to dishes giving them a slightly spicy tang.
I was told as a youngster that when taking the leaves of the kawakawa we should take the ones that the kawakawa caterpillar has nibble as they have more goodness in them. I have no idea if this is true, but it seems to be common knowledge among those who use these leaves.
If you would like to see this artwork when it is finished, contact me and I will send you a scan.
What critters would you like to see drawn?
Send me a message via the contact page and let me know.
Thanks for taking a look at my Blog.
Nga Mihi, Tricia
I hope you will enjoy sharing my inspiration, exhibitions and life as an artist.