50 Birds In 30 Days

It's almost May and I have decided to take on a new challenge to continue exploring my first art love - birds!


As you know I love to paint and draw birds, and no matter what else I explore artistically I always come back to these curious feathery creatures.

Here's a few reasons why I love birds so much:

1. They are equally delicate and tough - a beautiful combination of hard beaks and soft feathers, sharp claws and fragile hollow bones - sometimes travelling thousands upon thousands of kilometers to reach their destinations. They are resilient and they know what they want. 

2. They can bring you back to nature and into the moment by listening to their beautiful songs and watching their curious habits. I have always adored the call of a Blackbird on warm summer evenings and of course could spend literally hours (yes I have done this) watching hummingbirds flit from flower to flower. 

3. There are so many amazing varieties of birds - so many different sizes and colours with stunning plumage to paint!! Did you know that the smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird is only 5-6CM long and weighs about 1.6 grams!

4. Also, they are descended from Dinosaurs! 

Honestly, how could you not love birds?? 

This challenge will run through the month of May and I will paint 50 pictures depicting all sorts of birds - from teeny tiny to big and bold. I don't have a specific list as I am allowing myself to get curious with this and perhaps discover some new bird loves. Generally when I paint like this themes emerge, so I'm excited to see what this turns into!

How it will work: 

  • The challenge starts on Monday May 1 and ends on Tuesday May 30th
  • I will be painting 1-2 (or 3) birds every day throughout the challenge and releasing them on Facebook each day. 
  • The birds will vary in size, medium and style based on my interest on the day. 
  • Each picture will include details of the price, size and medium used.
  • Each bird will be for sale immediately and can be purchased via Facebook - simply comment SOLD in the comment section of the picture to purchase the bird(s) you love and I'll get in contact with you re payment and shipping. 

I would love for you to follow along with this challenge, and would also love to know, are you a bird lover too? What is your favourite bird?

Jump on over and Like my Facebook page to keep up with the challenge. 

P.s. If birds are totally NOT your thing, but you know someone who is a feathery fan, please feel free to share this with them :-)

Looking forward to sharing some gorgeous birds with you!

xx Zoe 

Take Flight Series P.1

Last week I painted a few trial backgrounds in acrylic on recycled wine boxes, and this week after having decided how I liked the background I started on Painting 1 in my Take Flight Series. The chosen background is shown in the second picture. .

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I haven't yet decided if I will do different background colours or keep them to a similar theme. I'll see how I feel about it when I start the next one! 

Because I'm using oil paint for these birds, and also because of the way I want them to look, it's a much slower process than it would usually be as I have to wait between layers for the oil paint to dry. I feel like it's a good challenge for me in practicing patience! 

I painted the first layer of Painting 1 yesterday afternoon, and made a super quick time-lapse too. The first in this series is a flying Spotted Dove. You will see these little love birds hanging out together in your backyard or sitting on your house gutters. 

I'm excited to work on this painting, and I will have more to show soon! 

- Zoe

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