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


(New Zealand Tui)

Scratchboard & Ink (12x16in)

The New Zealand Tui is one of my most favourite songbirds.
The Tui's dawn chorus along with their native comrades the Bellbird, is an incredible thing to experience!

The tui's feathers are such iridescent in colouring, I have tried to simulate this iridescence by using Daler-Rowney FW inks and Pearlescent Inks, and glazing with some shimmer blues and greens. I also had some fun creating a contemporary metallic look background with the Peatrlescent inks. Please scroll down for closeups.

I made a little video of the etching work (before painting), click here

Open Edition Giclee Prints available at Image Vault Prints
& in Marlborough at Lilac Wine Gallery

Available as Fine Art Cards

New Zealand Tui Painting by wiildlife artist Karen Neal

new zealand native tui bird

Framed in a beautiful latice wood moulding, with a Bellini black fillet

New Zealand Fantail Oil Painting by wildlife artist Karen Neal

Some closeups to show the detailing of the feathers and iridescence with the pearlescent and shimmer inks

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Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA)
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