Single Bird Paintings

I am producing number of vignettes, in various media, for inclusion in upcoming e-books written by Mark, especially the ‘Birds of Cape Sable Island’ and ‘Twitching Times II’. Typically, these will have a minimum of background, since this is preferable for insertion into the text. Here are some of the paintings that have been completed so far.

longbilleddowitcher-rs

Long-billed Dowitchers are present in small numbers on the beaches of Cape Sable Island during the summer months, but this bird was particularly obliging, being in a small pool right by the side of the road!

5 x 7 inch, watercolour pencil, on lightweight watercolour paper

merlin-female-rs

Merlins can be found here all year round, and can often be attracted to garden bird feeders. This female was perched on a power cable close to the road.

8 x 10 inch, watercolour pencil, on lightweight watercolour paper

least-bittern-rs

Least Bittern is a big rarity in Nova Scotia, so there was much interest when Mark found this one, in a pond at The Hawk, at the very tip of Cape Sable island, last September (2016). The bird was present for several days.

5 x 7 inch, watercolour pencil on lightweight watercolour paper.

am-golden-plover-rs

American Golden Plovers are present every autumn on the island. The beautiful speckled appearance was quite a challenge to draw.

8 x 10 inch, watercolour pencil on lightweight watercolour paper.

belted-kingfisher-rs

This female Belted Kingfisher was found stood on a rock near the shore.

6 x 9 inch, watercolour pencil on lightweight watercolour paper.

bw-warbler-rs

Black-and-white Warblers are present every summer but can be surprisingly difficult to see, except when perched on a rock like this individual.

6 x 9 inch, watercolour pencil on lightweight watercolour paper.

bc-chickadee-rs

Everyone’s favourite garden bird, the Black-capped Chickadee.

5 x 7 inch, watercolour pencil on lightweight watercolour paper.

atlantic-puffin-rs

Atlantic Puffin, seen on offshore islands and occasionally in the sea close to shore. This illustration is a departure from my normal since it used coloured pencil.

4 x 6 inch, coloured pencil on drawing paper.

common-loon-rs

Common Loon, present all year round in the seas and harbours around the island.

8 x 10 inch, watercolour pencil and ink pen, on lightweight watercolour paper.

thick-billed-murre-rs

Thick-billed Murre, generally seen in mid-winter around the island. This individual, however, pitched up in Kingston, Ontario, and was a surprise twitch for many.

4 x 5 inch, watercolour pencil on drawing paper,

 

grey-jay-rs

Grey Jay, or Whiskey Jack, seem infrequently in the local area but always welcome.

5 x 7 inch, pen and ink on drawing paper.

mountain-bluebird-rs

Mountain Bluebirds are rare here, but there was something of a mini influx last winter, with one being found at Mavillette over on the Bay of Fundy coast and then two individuals here on Cape Sable Island (The Hawk).  This bird was moulting into it’s true blue plumage.

8 x 10 inch, watercolour pencil on lightweight watercolour paper.

dunlin-rs

My signature Dunlin was from a photo by Mark. I loved the unusual pose, much more fun than a side-on view! Dunlin are common on our beaches.

5 x 7 inch, watercolour pencil on mixed media paper.