Well here it is, my completed macaw painting. I finished adding the macaws and doing some touch ups. I spent about 8 hours total on this one. I really love the background, I must do more like that.
This was painted to help raise awareness to the endangerment of the Hyacinth Macaw due to habitat loss, and being trapped for the pet trade.
Painted with a palette knife using acrylic on 16 x 20 canvas. My own composition using reference photos by Fernanda Fontoura and Christoph Hrdina.
Available here. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Projeto Arara Azul. A project that studies the biology and ecological relationships of the Hyacinth Macaws, performs the management and promotes the conservation of blue macaws in their natural environment.
I little info on the Hyacinths from Wikipedia:
At more than 3 feet, it is the largest parrot in the world.
The hyacinth macaw generally eats fruits, nuts, nectar, and various kinds of seeds.They have very strong beaks for eating the kernels of hard nuts and seeds. Their strong beaks are even able to crack coconuts, the large brazil nut pods, and macadamia nuts.
Nesting takes place between July and December, nests are constructed in tree cavities or cliff faces.The clutch size is one or two eggs. The incubation period lasts about a month, and the male tends to his mate whilst she incubates the eggs. The chicks leave the nest, or fledge, around 110 days of age, and remain dependent on their parents until six months of age. They are mature and begin breeding at seven years of age.
The hyacinth macaw is an endangered species due to the cage bird trade and habitat loss.In the 1980s, an estimated 10,000 birds were taken from the wild and at least 50% were destined for the Brazilian market. Throughout the macaw’s range, habitat is being lost or altered due to the introduction of cattle ranching and mechanised agriculture, and the development of hydroelectric schemes. Annual grass fires set by farmers can destroy nest trees, and regions previously inhabited by this macaw are now unsuitable also due to agriculture and plantations. Locally, it has been hunted for food, and the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in south-central Brazil use its feathers to make headdresses and other ornaments. While overall greatly reduced in numbers, it remains locally common in the Brazilian Pantanal, where many ranch-owners now protect the macaws on their land.
The hyacinth macaw is protected by law in Brazil and Bolivia,and commercial export is banned. A number of long-term studies and conservation initiatives are in place; the Hyacinth Macaw Project (Projeto Arara Azul) in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul has carried out important research by ringing individual birds, and has created a number of artificial nests to compensate for the small number of sites available in the region.
Not sure what I’ll be painting next, but I’ve been spending some time outside cleaning, pruning, and working on birdhouses. I’ll have to post them some time.
Bye for now…