Saturday, 19 January 2013

Hyacinth Macaw

Well it's that time of year again when it's time to enter the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. I seem to always enter the 'endangered species' category, probably because unfortunately the most beautiful animals on this planet are now threatened with extinction. The Hyacinth Macaw is a perfect example. A truly stunning bird, it has been on the IUCN Red List as endangered since the year 2000, due to the destruction of it's habitat and being captured for the pet trade. 

So as such I thought it would be the perfect subject to paint for this year's competition. The most difficult challenge was recreating that vivid blue plumage. I used a mix of Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue and Intense Blue. I wanted a bit of contrast against the blue, so I added some purple as a highlight, and Paynes Grey as a shadow. I kept the feather detail to a minimum as I wanted the colours to merge and run into each other, to create texture and pattern. 

Let's keep fingers crossed that the judges like this painting enough to include it in this year's exhibition!

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