Pastel on pastel paper of one of the blue wrens that are native to Western Australia. The colours of wrens in Australia vary from state to state and are all beautiful but this little guy who I have the center piece of the set just stole my heart. The little splash of red and his lively stance are very enticing and I could not resist his charm.
This pastel artwork is the second in a set of three pastels of our native wrens. It was going to be the third as I had already completed number II but as soon as this work started to take shape, I knew I would be changing the order. This little bird just demands to be the centre of attention.
As with all the other works I spent most of my time on the background, getting all the blends right and deciding what to leave in and what to delete so that he would be the main feature and not the foliage around him. Just as I did previously, I also wanted to get the branch he is sitting on looking as three dimensional as possible.
When I had all of the background done, I was left with a "blob" in the centre of the work where the bird was to go. I was on a role with this one so I continued on and I had him done in one sitting. As in earlier works, I divided the bird up into about six sections and slowly worked my way from head to tail. I then spent some time working to put in little details of white along the back and edge of the red wing to help bring the bird right out of the background.
These little Western Australian wrens have surprising colours other than blue and red in their feathers, when you are drawing them you suddenly notice all the other slightly different shades going on. This is part of what makes doing these artworks so enjoyable. The constant surprises and discoveries along the way.