The Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) is one of the largest flying birds on the planet, with a wing span of up to 3.25 metres. It spends most of the time gliding around on the strong winds of the Southern Ocean, circling the globe as it goes. When it does decide to make landfall, one of it’s favourite breeding sites is Macquarie Island, a sub-Antarctic island half way between Tasmania and Antarctica. Not that it’s in a hurry – young albatrosses can spend up to six years at sea. It’s a good thing they’ve perfected their power naps, sleeping for seconds at a time while flying.
Size of illustration is A2 (42 x 59.4 cm)
Superb fairywrens (Malurus cyaneus) are small little birds that bounce around our gardens and fields all year round in Tasmania. One amazing thing about this little bird, measuring only 14 cm, is that the male changes colour. Most of the time he is brownish in colour, resembling the female, but when his hormones start raging and mating season is near, his hood colours bright blue with black markings. They always bring a smile to my face, so I thought I’d bring their smiles out in return 🙂
The Pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is a tiny little pink-breasted ball of a bird, measuring 13 cm or less from the tip of its beak to the end of the tail feathers. Only males have a pink chest and belly, to impress the more sombre looking brown females. These gorgeous little birds are of course found in Tasmania 🙂
The Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) is normally associated with winter in Europe, but as it’s winter in Tasmania I thought it a good time to make a wee drawing of this little guy. He’s puffed up because of the cold. And not found in Tasmania 🙂
This dog portrait was commissioned by a friend of mine in Germany. Say hello to her dog Rex. The size is 30 x 42 cm, medium is pencil and colour pencils. Get in touch if you’d like a portrait of your pet 🙂
Feel like you could use another tea towel in your kitchen? How about one where proceeds of your purchase go to marine conservation? To order simply send me an email, or go to Facebook and send me a message via my shop.
In addition to the above tea towel, the whale and poem design is also available on products in Society6.com and Redbubble.com. As with the tea towels, proceeds from your purchase go to marine conservation 🙂
Cheeky, clever and distinctly Australian, the Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) was named after the European magpie, which it has nothing in common with apart from its black-and-white colours 🙂
The Beautiful firetail (Stagonopleura bella) is a small beautiful finch, supposedly common in Tasmania, but I haven’t seen it yet. Looking forward to the day I do 🙂 In the mean time I’ve enjoyed making a little illustration of it.
I call this ‘The Tasmanian Express’, as it depicts two wonderful creatures endemic to Tasmania. The Eastern quoll is considered extinct on mainland Australia, and is now only found in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed eagle has developed in isolation for over 10.000 years, and is the largest of all the Wedge-tailed eagles. The female is the largest of them all, with a body length of up to 1.1 metres, and a wingspan of up to 2.3 metres!
This piece is not yet for sale, as it’s part of a larger project, but expressions of interest are welcome 🙂
Size: 77 x 52.5 cm (30.3 x 20.6 inches).
Medium: Colour pencils on paper.
My first commission for 2022 was a charcoal and pencil portrait of Baby Dan, with curls and all. Size 30 x 42 cm. The customer was very happy with the result, and might come back and order another portrait of her granddaughter one day – Dan’s daughter 🙂
Interested in a portrait? Please get in touch to discuss your project.