W&N watercolours on Visual 200gsm
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix Found: Africa (south of equator)
My Red Bishops have just come into their breeding colours and some of the juveniles are a decidedly mottled lot! There’s a lot of fighting and chattering going on, trying to establish dominance and vying for the best spots in the garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa).
This little chap obligingly sat for a session while I did a quick outline sketch and then hurriedly added some colour before he flitted off again on some serious business or another.
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around!
- Georges Bernanos
1st November 2011 – FEATURED in “Welcome to the Jungle”
22nd September 2012 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”