Friday, October 10, 2008

Tropical Feathered Friends in Watercolor

While eating burgers & fries at a local Southern California restaurant my family and I were entertained by the atmosphere of surfing videos, tropical plants, and decorative wooden parrots sitting on perches and swings high above us. We joked about, “What if some of those colorful birds were real?” The idea for a painting was born in my mind.

The Scarlet Macaw is native to Central and South America where they prefer the undisturbed rainforest and a diet consisting of fruit, nuts, flowers, nectar, and clay from riverbanks. They nurture 1–2 young each season in a tree-cavity nest for up to two years. And their powerful beaks can easily crack a walnut shell (or a wristwatch!).

22” x 30” original painting

18” x 24” giclee’ prints (limited edition of 50 signed and numbered)

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