First of 4 digital artworks created for a WWF FDC envelope issue. Weird as it may sound, there really is a bird who is named after the girth of it’s knees, which, I have to say, don’t look that thick to me…as bird’s knees go…


beach, bird, coast, wildlife, dilettanto, owen bell, thick knee, esacus magnirostris

I have been a freelance illustrator for over 40 years. For the last 10 years or so, I have been working exclusively digitally, using Corel Painter x V on PC. I do NOT manipulate photographs to create my paintings. I use photos for reference purposes only.

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  • Rajdev73
    Rajdev73almost 5 years ago

    Great painting O, this looks like a very strong bird.

  • Well maybe it has strong knees! Thanks Raj.

    – DilettantO

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful portrayal, very realistic and nice colours, must keep my eye out for the FDC too. I collected quite alot of them and have 2 folders full, not for a long time now though :O)

  • Thanks Vanessa. The place to get the FDC’s is Here
    Don’t panic if you see it’s in German. They have an English version. You’ll find it at the top left of the home page. X

    – DilettantO

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 5 years ago

    We have 2 types in South Africa.
    Spotted Thick Knee & A Water Thick Knee, your image is like our Water Thick Knee . Our common name for the is “Dikkop” which means “Thick Head”

    The Art work is outstanding
    Waiting the the next 3.

  • Thanks Warren. Don’t think we get them here, but if we do, I’ve never seen or heard of one. When I got the job, I had no idea what it was I was going to paint! I must remember ‘Dikkop’ I can think of a few people it applies to…

    – DilettantO

  • crackedpot
    crackedpotalmost 5 years ago

    I think that with that expression any strange name can be forgiven:-))) I feel I can almost smell the ocean…..

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  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 5 years ago

    O, you’ve done it again… your painting is perfection. love the look on the bird’s face…. and the colors are outstanding… i have never heard of a thick knee either… must not have them on the east coast of the USA either… i think i’ll look them up and see what i can find… fabulous work… well done!! b. XHX

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasalmost 5 years ago

    Outstanding Picture!

  • Thanks again Stephen. I’ll be posting 3 more paintings of this bird during the coming week.

    – DilettantO

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