Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"The Cloaked One" (New Zealand Tui)

Pastel (60cm framed tondo)
Original Available
(exhibiting at Art Expo Nelson, 31 August to 2 September)

The New Zealand Tui is one of my most favourite songbirds.
The Tui's dawn chorus along with the Bellbird is an incredible thing to experience!
The tui's feathers are such iridescent in colouring, I used Pan Pastel Pearlescent colours to create a little shine off the feathers.

I made a little video including their birdsong, showing the final board varnished, click here
(birdsong from DoC website)

Open Edition Giclee Prints will soon be available

New Zealand Tui Painting Pastel

Closeup of the artwork. Anthracite pearlescent pan pastels are used in the background, with pearlescent pastels also used in the feathers of the tui to give that iridescent sheen that tuis have.

This will be framed in a lovely minimal round black frame with black metallic matboard (photo to come)

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