Bird Week 2 - last oil painting of bird week
Until 1992 when the Wild Bird Conservation Act was put in place, apparently up to 800,000 of these were being caught every year for their feathers and the pet trade. In fact, while there are fewer than 4000 left in the wild, there are many more than that being kept as pets. Capture in the wild is still their biggest threat. They can live to be about 30 years old. There are several areas in South America they can be found, with one population numbering around 200 birds.
Still feeling unwell, but how could you not enjoy painting something this bright and cheerful looking!? I don't know why, but I click with some of the paintings much more than I do with others. Ones where they look a little quirky or silly make me happiest. Yesterday I didn't feel I portrayed the owl as well as I should have. I wanted to do the whole body, but it really is more suited for a larger canvas. Showing the owl flying felt important since the only picture I know for sure is the bird is so lifeless looking. I also have been doing so many close-up face paintings because that is my favourite to do but don't want people to get bored. If I didn't think people would get tired of it I would pretty much only do close-up portraits of all these animals.