The Seven Little Zebras

seven little zebras

I have two large bird aviaries where my big birds live, but in my art studio I have some zebra finches that I raised by hand. These guys are just so friendly and come and land on my shoulder while I am painting.  I started a series of bird paintings to go into a local downtown gallery.  This is the first painting in the series.  I wanted to portray how these little finches like to huddle up next to each other and fill the perch.  I used the pictures I had of them and came up with a composition that was interesting and decided to use a long landscape profile.  This painting is 12 x 24 acrylic painted on canvas.  I was looking to capture their whimsical expressions and the beautiful markings they have.  I choose a neutral background so that the patterns of the birds would stand out

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