Saturday, August 23, 2008

I've posted 46 original illustrations that are for sale in my other blog: http://kokayillus.blogspot.com/.

These has been published in a pocket guide on Seabirds by Delachaux et Niestlé publisher (Petit atlas des oiseaux du bord de mer).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I've been to the British Birdwatching Fair this weekend. This was the forth time when my friend Jonathan Latimer (http://www.jonathanlatimer.com/) shared his stand with me.

Here's our stand:
And my side:
This year a Mural was painted again, depicting the endangered birds of the American continents:
Artists working on the Mural (Mark Andrews and Clive Byers in front):
I've painted an Ivory-billed Woodpecker and an Eskimo Curlew (both are probably extinct):


I was busy working on this Curlew, when I noticed that some visitors are standing behind me, talking about the Mural , and what I'm painting at the moment. When I looked up, to my great surprise it was Sir David Attenborough watching me working! I was introduced to him. I think this was a really exciting moment during this weekend for me.
This abstract tulip is also my work. I've taught Jonathan some basics of oilpainting. His wife Anna would like to have a big oil painting of the detail of the tulips on their wallpaper, so we chose this for this practiceing piece. This is quite different from anything I've painted before:

Thursday, August 07, 2008

I've painted this aquarelle today. I've seen this Squacco Heron in May in Hortobágy. I've been guiding a birdwatcher group so I could take only photos. The painting was based on these. It's 23 x 29 cms.












This will be displayed at the British Birdwatching Fair.
Here's a detail from my 2nd Snake plate. Elaphe carinata and Euprepiophis mandarinus:

Friday, August 01, 2008

I've finished the oil painting of the Shorebirds. I gave the title 'We are all youngs', because all the 6 birds are juveniles (which is typical on autumn migration as adult leave earlier). There are 3 Dunlins, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff and a Pectoral Sandpiper on it.
This painting will be on display at this year's British Birdwatching Fair in middle August.











Here's a detail, the Little Stint. I've tried to find a midway between illustrational and loose style.