Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
Size 20 cm x 15 cm
Oil on canvas board
Inspired by birdwatching near Orange where Zebra Finches gathered in a noisy crowd among trees bordering a railway line. Gregarious birds, they form a lifelong bond between pairs.
On this particular day, each bird had its plumage puffed out to ward off the midwinter chill.
I kept the brushstrokes loose and background hazy to imply the light breeze rustling the branches.
This painting hung in my exhibition “Feather and Ochre” at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney NSW in November 2011, where it was acquired by a private collector.