Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"The Songster" (New Zealand Bellbird)


Pastel (60cm framed tondo)
Original Available
(exhibiting at Art Expo Nelson, 31 August to 2 September)


A New Zealand dawn chorus af Bellbird and Tui is an incredible thing to experience! The bellbirds have the most melodious song, very similar to Tuis but I think even more beautiful than their better known pals. Using anthracite & pewter sparkly background and pan pastels, soft pastels and pencils for bird detailing.
From my own reference photo, taken at Zealandia Eco Sanctuary near Wellington (Zealandia Ecosanctuary)
If you’d like to hear the Bellbird singing, here is a link to a YouTube video

Open Edition Giclee Prints will soon be available

New Zealand Bellbird Painting Pastel

Closeup of the artwork. Anthracite pearlescent pan pastels are used in the background, with pearlescent pastels also used in the feathers of the tui to give that iridescent sheen that tuis have.

This is framed in a lovely minimal round black frame with black metallic matboard




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