Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Boss... Incoming" (New Zealand Tui)


Pastel (1100 x 540mm)
Original Available
(exhibiting at Tasman National Art Awards, Mapua
Saturday 28th September through to 4.30pm on Saturday 12th October)


The New Zealand Tui is one of my most favourite songbirds.
The Tui's dawn chorus along with the Bellbird is an incredible thing to experience! Tuis are undeniably the boss in the New Zealand native bird world, hence the title. You will understand if you've witnessed a tui flying in and bossing out the other birds from 'their' tree!

I usually like to paint from my own reference photography, but when I saw a photo by fellow artist Melissa Boardman, it just spoke to me... thank you Melissa for allowing me to use your beautiful photo as a reference! I had been visualising a series of paintings evolving to show the movement of birds in flight, pastel being a perfect medium to show this with its blendability and softness. Melissa is an illustrative artist, who also frequents Zealandia Eco Sanctuary for reference photos and for the pure enjoyment of hanging out with the birds. I will be exhibiting alongside Melissa at a group bird exhibition at Bowen House, Parliamentary Buildings.

Open Edition Giclee Prints available

New Zealand Tui Painting Pastel

I thoroughly enjoyed with on this artwork, and am really pleased with how this painting turned out, and love the large scale presence!

Closeups of the artwork, working with primarily soft pastels, with pastel pencil for detailing around the central bird in focus

Framed with a lovely high lacquer white Larsen Juhl moulding.
Two mouldings are used of different sizes to create contemporary negative detailing in the frame.

Closeup of the negativing detailing in the double frame




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