Sunday, 17 July 2011

A bird in the hand...

Ten bird paintings for your viewing pleasure!

This work is part of a series of bird and animal portraits that were carried out in a traditional style with acrylics on canvas. My source material was numerous photographs that I'd taken of the various birds as well as sketches. I've only painted birds that I've had an opportunity to get up close to and study. The habitats are invented but remain sympathetic to the bird's natural environment in most cases.


'Ara Chloropterus' - acrylics on canvas (51cm x 41cm)

'Blue & Yellow Macaw' - acrylics on canvas (51cm x 41cm)

'Red Buzzard' - acrylics on canvas (51cm x 41cm)

'Buzzard' - acrylics on canvas (61cm x 46cm)


'Eagle Owl' - acrylics on canvas (61cm x 46cm) 

'Steppe Eagle' - acrylics on canvas (76cm x 51cm)


'Booted Eagle' - acrylics on canvas (76cm x 76cm)

And now, perhaps on a slightly less exotic note than raptors and parrots, three poultry paintings!


'Rooster' - acrylics on canvas (61cm x 46cm)

'Scotts Grey' - acrylics on canvas (61cm x 46cm)


'Turkey' - acrylics on canvas (76cm x 51cm)

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder...to female turkeys this is drop dead gorgeous.

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
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