view to the future

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Southern Emu-Wren (Stipiturus malachurus)

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View to the Future by Megan Spiers 2016
Acrylic on linen, size 20 cm x 25 cm
SOLD – private collection, darwin, northern territory


Mastery of flight may not be a strong point of Southern Emu-wrens. They do, however, fit perfectly within their habitat.

This painting portrays a Southern Emu-wren scouting the coastal heath and tidal lakes of southern Eyre Peninsula on a rare foray out from cover. The colours of this little bird’s plumage – rufous, yellow ochre and lavender blue – helps it to blend beautifully with the native flora.

This painting featured in BirdLife Australia’s “Birds + Us” exhibition at Claire Layman Gallery, Melbourne from 15 April – 1 May 2016. The exhibition celebrated 20 years of the Threatened Bird Network with art sales contributing toward TBN’s efforts to protect threatened birds.

artist’s process

  • I painted a burnt sienna wash onto white gesso’d linen, overlaid with tinted burnt sienna and hooker’s green
  • I progressed in my usual manner, painting branch and landscape before finishing the bird last

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    the artist at work – I mostly paint to music or birdsong… or rain!

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