Friday, 23 June 2017

Grey crested crane

Watercolour practice.

'Grey crested crane', watercolours, 9 by  7 ins., paper.

 Susie, admiring the colour wheel.

Susie, squeezing onto the little hall table for a snooze.

My art.

I painted the grey crested crane for watercolour practice and also to become familiar with its colourful patterns, especially the cheek patches and throat case I want to include it in future paintings.

This fairly large bird- about 3 feet tall- is the national emblem for Uganda.  It inflates its red throat patch to sound out various honking and booming calls.  The males and females are similar in appearance.  Their courtship dance is spectacular with a lot of stretching of wings,  and hopping up and down, to impress the mate.

Susie's news.

Susie likes to poke her nose into everything...she inspects the water jars and watercolour palette when I am setting them out.  In the first of her photos, she seems to be admiring the colour wheel on my wall.

In  her second photo, you can see her latest sleeping perch.  She likes to perch on this ridiculously small table top in the hall,,,,for a snooze at night.

We have been having sunny weather for a change.  Very hot at night. 

I hope you have a great weekend.

That's all for now....

Susie, curled up on the hall table.


Valerie-Jael said...

Your crane painting is fantastic, love everything about it. Susie is really cute, cats do like to sleep in strange places, true! Hugs, Valerie

Sue (this n that) said...

What a gorgeous painting of the crane. The colours are beautiful :D)
Your Susie seems really interested in art too!

sirkkis said...

Really gorgeously details watercolor painting.
Susie is very loved friend of you, a so cute pair😄you are!
Happy PPF and weekend 🌸

Nordljus said...

Your crane is absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

Latane Barton said...

I did a crested crane once. Sure didn't look like yours. Your detail on that bird is unbelievable.

Linda Kunsman said...

your grey rested crane is so majestic looking-wonderful details too! Interesting info about them. Susie looks quite content:) Happy PPF!

Susan said...

Such a beautiful crane! We have sand hill cranes and enjoy their mating dances as well. Happy PPF

denthe said...

Beautifully done, wow! I think Susie want to be included in your art ;-)

Victoria said...

Super-gorgeous..such a beautiful painting..wonderful work! wow!
AW, lovely sweet cat..
Happy PPF
Victoria #38

Giggles said...

June your crane is beautiful and Susie looks so comfy and cozy!!
Well done!!

Hugs Giggles

froebelsternchen Susi said...

A wonderful watercolor painting June and Susie is so special - I bet she will learn to paint soon... let her try out!
Happy weekend!

NatashaMay said...

What a wonderful painting! And the kitty is adorable as well. :)

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Again I am so impressed with you art. To create this bird in watercolor is quite a feat.

gillena cox said...

Luv it, I can see distinct and different brush strokes in different parts of the painting.

Much love...

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

you crane painting is great :D

Susie has such gorgeous eyes

Jackie P Neal said...

I absolutely cannot believe this is watercolor "practice"??? This painting is outstanding June! You are one of my very favorite artists!!
Susie is too sweet, love the last photo of her all curled up!
Jackie xo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I simply adore your watercolor crane. It is unbelievable. Of course, I also felt like Susie stole the show with her antics and beauty. SHHH. Don't tell my two, please.