Acrylic painting on wood panel with walnut frame
Dimensions: 11 x 14"
The Blue throated barbet (Megalaima asiatica) is a species of bird found in Asia, they are from the same family of toucans. Barbets get their name from the bristles found near their bills. Scientists still don't know the funtions of these bristles, but they belieave it associated with sensory function, letting the bird know its speed and orientation in the air. These birds are common and seem to be not threatened.
Acrylic is a paint that dries faster, is less toxic for me to work with, and it gives crisp images. When I painted this piece I chose to work with acrylic because it allows me to move faster and it gave me the chance to create different textures on the feathers with thin layers of paint.
I like painting on wood panels because of the natural feeling it gives on the final product. I tend not to do a background for this reason. When I work on wood panels it takes more work to put layers of paint on it, so my work flow is slower.