Dead Bird by Mark Sheeky

G115A Dead Bird
Oil on panel
Jul to Sep 2007, Size 305x406 mm

About this painting
A simple portrait of a dead sparrow, the body of which appeared in my garden one morning. My first instinct was the paint it.

Many artists might prefer to paint living birds, although a dead bird can be just as beautiful. The fluffy feathers are painted in single strokes, using the sable hairs of the brush to mimic the delicate fibrils of the feathers.

Technical details
The colours are deceptively simple. A reddish brown and ultramarine were used for almost all of the colours. When mixed they make black, and with white can make a large range of colours from blue greys to strong browns.