Black ink and watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm – 12″ × 8″
Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii)

I heard the Crested Barbet’s warbling song early this morning, so I rushed out with my sketch-book, knowing that he will sit still in one place for a long time, stretching his warble for so long one thinks he’s going to run out of breath!

I had plenty of time to do a quick outline sketch, filling it in with detail as he warbled on. A few quick strokes of colour and I was done!

The Crested Barbets are regular visitors to my garden here in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, and seem to know when the feed tables contain fruit – they love apple and banana and will sometimes swallow grapes whole!

I used only 4 colours on this quick exercise – Payne’s Grey, Orange, Alizarin Crimson and Burn Sienna, all from Daler-Rowney. Oh, I almost forgot – and Sap Green for the leaves.

  1. 22nd June 2010 – FEATURED in The Birds
  2. 20th December 2013 FEATURED in Art Universe

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Oh! I LOVE them and I missed you today…thanks for uploading this beautiful little fellow!

  • Thanks Liz – got something out of the way that’s been nagging at me since March – got everything ready for SARS!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...over 4 years ago
  • Thank you Mariaan! You should have plenty in Middelburg, you can’t miss their telephone-like call…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 22, 2010

  • How utterly wonderful Teresa! I’m absolutely thrilled!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    You’re so very welcome Maree

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Excellent artwork!

  • Thank you so much Margaret!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • annieannie
    annieannieabout 4 years ago

    ooohhhhhhhhhhh maree you know don’t you… lol am not saying it …ha ha
    love this birdie xxxx

  • You warm my soul Annie! So pleased you like him! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldalmost 4 years ago

    beaut image Maree…you are so lucky to have him visit….I now have bird envy!… :)

  • Ooooeee! I get it when I see some of the wonderful bird photographs here on RB Maree! So pleased you like him and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree!

  • Thanks a lot Joyce!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodensted10 months ago

    12-20-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Many thanks for the feature Kira, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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