Tui in the Flax

by Linda Falkingham
(Sidney, BC Canada (sometimes NZ))

Tui in the Flax

Tui in the Flax

This is an acrylic of a tui in the flax bushes outside our place in Waihi Beach New Zealand My brother in law loves these birds as they have a song that is wonderful to hear in the mornings. I wanted to do it for him as a thank you for the support that he gives me on my art when I'm here painting and taking classes.


I made a huge mistake (actually a couple) in doing this painting, first of all I did it on a canvas board but never painted on a plain white base of paint so the texture of the canvas showed through the paint. Next i made the mistake of not painting the background first, don't ask me what I was thinking I have no idea, other than that if my teacher Heidi here in NZ knew that she would rattle my chain.

It made it so much harder to paint the background in after the flax and the bird were done, then I had to go back and touch up all the spots that got painted over, as a matter of fact there's still one there, can you see it? After I did the background I realized that I had painted the green part much too dark and it took away from the bird and made it fade into the picture, so on advice from my favorite critic (Rod) who is my best supporter, I went back and made the green much lighter and I think it made all the difference.

I had problems with the eye as well, trying to just get it so that it looked like he was looking at you. I think I did it over at least a half a dozen times before i got it right. All in all this fellow took a lot longer than he should of, I think. But he's done and signed now!

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I've never heard of these before
by: Jill

Now I know what a tui is and what flax looks like!

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Love it
by: Judy from Sun Vista

I wish I could enlarge your picture. It is so beautiful; would love to see that bird in person.
From your painting it looks like it is a pretty good sized bird. Thank you for sharing.

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Great Job!
by: Holly

Linda:
Great Job! Once again you have mastered another project to keep you busy.


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THE EYE HAS IT
by: OWEN JONES

HI LINDA, THE BIRDS EYE WAS THE FIRST THINK I SAW WHEN THE PICTURE CAME UP.I THINK YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB.CHEERS OWEN.

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Tui
by: Pearl

Linda, I agree with your mum and dad, you have done a great job. The body though, may be a tad long but his head and the flax are terrific. Also I love the background it really suits and balances the painting. Thanks for sharing,cheers Pearl

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Home bird for Rod and Harley
by: Ebba Falkingham

You did a great job,your toughest critic, your Mother loves it!!!!Your next critic , your Father, thinks it is great!!!!

Love Mom and Dad.

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Love it!
by: Leslie

I think it looks great. It is alway frustrating when you discover you have missed something and have to go back and fix it up and then end up fixing a million other things. I love the feathers they have texture. Keep on painting.

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Tui
by: Jan

Looks like lightening up backgound really helped. Bottom of Tui fades into darker green. I'm impressed. Flax looks really good. Does it smell nice?

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