I`m just back from Brittany/ France spending there three memorable days in Festival Art et Nature in Paimpont where I was privileged to be the guest of honour. I met old friends , many new ones, and I feel grateful for their kindness, support , generosity and hospitality. I hope to be able to go back in the nearest future! Many thanks in particular to Sebastien, Willy and Anne!
small painting I`ve just finished based on a drawing I did lately of
the biologist Johann Baptist von Spix holding the first ever collected
Spix macaw , a species discovered by him in Brazil in 1819 and has been
named after him. This stuffed bird still exists in the Bavarian
Zoological society in Munich. Acrylics on paper
Eurasian eagle owl study I`ve painted from life in a Raptor
rehabilitation center today in the morning. This large female has been
hit by a car last year but meanwhile recovered well and will be soon
released in the wild. Gouache colours. The first eagle owl from life in
colour after years!
Extinct animals and birds are still among my favorites, and the Tasmanian
tiger is surely one of them. I did start one more painting depicting
the animal and though I was pleased with the background the tiger seemed
to be very big for the size, with wrong proportions and facial
expression. I decided to remove the tiger and repainted it over the
background but much smaller. Surely not my best attempt but I know that
I`ll be able to create a much better paitning one day.
I`ve been notified by a good friend of the existence of a recently rediscovered Thylacine video, and insprired of it, I`ve done a couple of studies trying to understand his movemnt and appearance . I hope to find the time to do some coloured versions soon . Sepia fineliners
I spent few hours with a scientist friend in the yesterday in the
morning in a very special place not too far away from the Alps. We
checked out some Red kite nests and I managed to do my first "wild"
adult Red kite study on location. Attached , the sketches from this
morning as well my open air studio...
My interest on Shrikes is still present , and a friends video inspired me to do a couple of quick studies of the courting beahviour of the Lesser grey shrike. I wanted to thank in particular Tora Benzeyen for allowing me to use his footage. Fineliners