Pastels, on 13x20 Clairefontaine Pastelmat board.

This little beauty is known as a violet breasted roller....and what a fine name it is too.
Anyhow, this wee beastie lives in Africa and eats mainly bugs.

Unlike most of my pics, this one took a refreshingly short amount of time. It was so enjoyable to draw/paint, that I'm planning to do a trio of birds, frame them and hang them on my bedroom wall.
I'll post the next one as soon as. :o)
God knows what happened to the background colour. In the flesh it's actually blue.

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Comment by Paul Dodd on February 3, 2019 at 8:03pm

Very nice work mark its certainly a beautiful looking bird. There was something  on tv a few years ago  about something strange  that happens with certain  shades of blue and gold/yellow when seen on computer people were ordering a gold dress on line and when it was delivered  there was a big row about  that colour it was when it arrived  was it blue or gold

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress

Comment by Anne Withers on February 3, 2019 at 10:41pm

Beautiful bird. The feathers look so soft. Great job as usual.

Comment by Nelson Failing on February 4, 2019 at 5:45am

Nice seeing your art back in the gallery Mark...glad you could stop by and share your talent....

Comment by Harry13 on February 4, 2019 at 12:06pm

Excellent painting Mark. Well done indeed    H

Comment by John Andreou on February 5, 2019 at 12:11pm

I love this Mark 

Comment by marilyn grimble on February 5, 2019 at 12:35pm

A beautiful bird to paint, the national bird of Botswana. You have added such gentleness to this artwork. Mxx

Comment by Adam Darr on March 13, 2019 at 2:58pm

Amazing, this so beautifully done and it doesn’t need any background to stand out.

Adam

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