Eastern Spinebill and Grevillea – Miniature Watercolour Painting – 15x15cms – Original Artwork Available
The focus for this miniature watercolour painting is a gorgeous Eastern Spinebill amongst a beautiful pink grevillea, a scene so commonly seen and loved here in my hometown on the NSW coastline. Its a small piece but im excited to capture this beautiful little bird, and an equally beautiful plant at last.
I spotted this grevillea a little while ago now. It was growing on the roadside near my home with an abundant cloud of flowering pink blooms bursting to life amidst a frenzied squawking of a flock of lorikeets laying claim to all it desired… as usual. It was the usual bird battle, full of vibrato, humour and beauty, and although its a common sight, it was none the less a truly stunning vision. We are soooo lucky with our wildlife here, I know!
Of course I promptly found myself by the roadside with my camera in hand being wildly abused by the marauding Lorikeets in my face, eyes dilating to a raging red to no avail. I took my time, working my way around the lorries collecting some beautiful images of the grevillea flowers for this piece. Every painting has its behind the scenes story!
The Eastern Spinebill is a favourite for many, and how could the not be? So tiny, polite, delicate and sweet, they pop in and out of the flowers all day long, like little jewels of the garden, uplifting your spirits on sight without fail. Too fast for me to capture, I am really blessed to have the use of this little guy with thanks to my wonderful photography friends Phillip and Sharon Start who do fabulous wildlife photography work.
Check out my blog post to learn more about this watercolour painting in progress. You can also see more on the conclusion of this piece in a short clip on my YouTube channel bringing the stunning bright red eye to life to complete the bird, and this study.
Eastern Spinebill and Grevillea is available for purchase, so just let me know if this is a must have for your collection… Its a great piece!