I started off the second week of #kelzukisanimalkingdom with this Olive-backed sunbird. It was cool learning about the sunbird(+spiderhunter) family. There are so many beautiful color variations in this family and it was hard to pick just one! They look so much like hummingbirds because they evolved for very similar lifestyles, but they are their whole own family. Now I really want to see one of these in the wild sometime in my life. For sale here.
Next I had to choose a bowerbird, and that was really hard! I was tempted to paint a really bright and uniquely colored one like the flame bowerbird but after painting such a brightly colored bird the day prior, I ended up choosing the Vogelkop bowerbird. It's a pretty modest bird but it has such a special bower! This one is for sale here.
Day 10 of the project was for the fairy bluebird! I'm not that comfortable with painting black feathers, so this was kind of dipping my toe in the water. I have a crow or raven coming up, and that'll be a real test. Fairy bluebird painting is listed here.
Day 11 was for waxwings. I've only ever seen cedar waxwings in real life, and these guys are pretty similar in shape, but they're bigger with different coloring and I thought they were really pretty. For sale here.
Yesterday it was time for a titmouse! I've painted these before without a ton of success so I was excited for a chance to try and approach them again. I'm very happy with how this little guy turned out! (This one has sold.)
Still enjoying this project as a daily task. I have plenty of January left, so that means plenty more passerines left too. Hopefully I can finish this month out strong and keep a running start into February, when I'll be attempting a slightly more complex (for me) group of animals.