Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sing like the birds

Some days there won't be a song in yourt heart. Sing anyway.
Emory Austin. 

South Africa has eight regularly occurring and breeding vulture species, from the southern African endemic Cape Griffon Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), to the wide-spread and wide-ranging African White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
The Cape Griffon Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is a very large vulture, similar in size, coloration and habits to the Eurasian Griffon. The Cape Vulture typically nests communally on cliffs, restricting their breeding distribution, but wanders huge distances in search of carcasses. A majestic and powerful bird.
Pen-and-ink sketch on Bockingford 300 gsm paper.  

We have lots of doves in our garden in South Africa, I love them all!

In ons tuin in Suid-afrika is daar baie duiwe: tortelduiwe, lemoenduiwe, kransduiwe. Ek het hulle lief!

Waterpaint and ink on 300gsm paper. We
uck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a If it walks like a k
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck

This painting has a history: I took a photo of two geese in Lydenburg, South Africa…then I decided to change the geese into ducks, because I can! 
The joys of art! (pen, ink, pencil, waterpaint)


  1. Ha ha! A cross-breed between duck and goose, lovely Liz! Just love these beautiful bird paintings!

    1. So kind!! Thanks so much Maree, appreciate your enthusiasm!