Tag Archives: spoonbills

Featuring a few Australian birds

A little while ago I had the pleasure of painting this commission of my cousin and her fiancé, who both studied birds in Australia, commissioned by my other cousin, Marjolein, as a gift. Rosellas are Leonie and Raoul’s particular area of expertise, but … Continue reading

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Williamsburg books and beards

From my sketchbook pages: the Spoonbill bookshop, a cavern of reading delights with a very fine cat snoozing amidst paper mountains. You can’t see it, but there’s a blizzard flurrying outside the windows. I like the Spoonbill bookshop as a line drawing, but might add … Continue reading

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Avian boats and hoovers

Grebes with baby grebies on their backs! The babies were like tiny avian zebras (I’ll try to do a better drawing at some point). These were sketched very quickly from within the car as we drove past or as we … Continue reading

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More Tainan sketchbook pages, more Tainan birds.

Ha! So many! Not only did I put them up, I put them up in large format! Devious, no?  These were all scribbled down while peering through Awei’s telescope, so hasty most of them don’t even have any highlights in … Continue reading

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Tainan Holiday Sketchbook

I’m back in Taipei! My mum visited me in Taiwan, I had a brilliant holiday with her! Together we boarded a High Speed Rail train and zoomed off South to flee the cold and clouds. Under mum’s orders we first stopped by … Continue reading

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Storm Code Orange!

Two nights ago the whole sky was shuddering and dealing out neon flashes! It was very dramatic, especially when we discovered the flooded kitchen. It was too much to mop up, so we had to start off shovelling water with … Continue reading

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Wading bird paradise – a glut of Avocets and Spoonbills

I’ve been wanting to see Avocets (‘Kluut’ in Dutch) for years, and suddenly I got to watch and sketch not one but a whole family through Tineke’s telescope, ideally positioned in her attic. They are the most beautifully elegant birds, … Continue reading

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