One more and I'll have a series right? I want to paint a turkey vulture but what other birds should I paint? (I already know my friend Scott is going to say "Blue-footed Booby"! 😂 Ok.) #birdpaintings#painting#mockingbird#raven
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Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
Snowy Owl Watercolor and bodycolour on paper,
Signed and dated lower right: ‘A. Thorburn, 1889’
Paper size: 15 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches Frame size: 27 1/2 x 34 inches
Archibald Thorburn was undoubtedly the most popular bird artist of his era, and contributed splendid illustrations to publications including Henry Eeles Dresser's "A History of the Birds of Europe," Charles William Beebe's "A Monograph of Pheasants," Leonard Irby's "Ornithology of the Straits of Gibraltar," Lord Thomas Lilford's "Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Isles," as well as his own books, notably "British Birds" and "A Naturalist's Sketchbook." Yet his reputation rests as much, if not more, on his accomplished watercolor and gouache compositions.
his masterful painting in gouache is an important example of Thorburn's most outstanding work. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Thorburn was a highly skilled landscape painter and excelled at creating evocative, often dramatic backgrounds for his subjects. His Snowy Owl is depicted portrait style with a charming, frontal gaze and set against a serene autumnal backdrop. Technically flawless and beautifully colored, this stunning and nuanced image represents an exceptional original work by one of Britain's most distinguished natural history painters.