More specifically, a greater double-banded sunbird. Acrylics on Masonite, 20 x 15 cm:
The sunbirds (there are many species) are Africa's version of the hummingbirds of the Americas. despite their similar looks, they are not closely related. The sunbirds have a similar lifestyle though, and live on nectar and small insects.
My latest venture in children's books, The Tale of Wally Whale, is finally available! It turned out to be a bit of a battle.
I decided to try out a new format, in which I stretch a single illustration across two facing pages - this is a popular format for children's books. Alas, I simply could not get Amazon's software to accept the paperback version of the manuscript. Either they simply cannot print it that way, or I did something wrong, but even with the friendly help of human operators at Amazon, I could not get the manuscript print-ready; I have no idea what went wrong.
This went on for weeks, and I eventually gave up. Looks like this one will only be available in electronic format!
Feeling sick to his stomach for no good reason, Wally has to travel all the way to the coral reef, to go ask the Sea Wizard for a cure... Ages 5 - 8.
Here in the southern hemisphere, it's that time of year: nights beginning to get a bit crisp, and trees and shrubs giving a glorious technicolor display, free of charge. I have been working on a new storybook though, and thus not much time for painting...
I have been rather busy with bankers and bureaucrats, as well as some non-fine art projects (watch this space!). But finally had time for a quick painting again. This sort of small still life done from the result of a raid on the kitchen remains an old favorite genre of mine.