To Observe with a Steady Gaze
Black-Winged Kite (Petroica rodinogaster)
Size 25.5 cm x 30.5 cm (10 in x 12 in)
Oil on raw linen, stretched, unframed
This painting was inspired by several Black-Winged Kites that I observed hunting along the Sturt Highway, Hay Plain.
Their crimson gaze is striking and direct, and their habit is restless though watchful, despite the gusting wind and dust swirling incessantly.
Raw linen has a strong natural texture and linear fibres that I feel enhances the incredible sense of purpose emanating from these birds of prey.