Every once in a while, I come across a photo that simply begs to be painted. This was definitely the case with the reference for my latest watercolour piece, Sweets for my Sweet, captured and shared with permission by the very talented Dionne Miles.
If you have ever visited the Western Cape, chances are that you were lucky enough to witness the Cape Sugarbird in its natural environment. You would have experienced just how enigmatic these birds are, especially when royally posed on top of our unique national flower, the King Protea. Now, add to this already magnificent scene an impressively confident swish of the tail (can't you just hear him say, "this one's for you, babe"?!)............ What more could you possibly need to take your breath away?
Like I said - begged to be painted!
Sweets for my Sweet is the second photo-realistic piece that I painted during the lockdown (in case you missed it, here is my lockdown meerkat, Lookout). In all honesty, it kept me sane... Combined with an inordinate amount of tea, of course!
The original Sweets found its fantastic forever home, even before it was finished... BUT, I do have gorgeous limited edition (only 20 will ever be available world-wide!), fine art prints available in my online shop.
Without further ado, enjoy the progress of Sweets for my Sweet: