FRAMED ORIGINAL ART – ‘Fanny’, Rufous Fantail


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‘Fanny’ – Available only at Fern Street Gallery, Gerringong.

Ink and watercolour
Artwork size 380mm x 380mm
Frame size 500mm x 500mm
by Shannon Dwyer

*finalist* Greenway Art Exhibition

‘Fanny’ was created using a traditional nib dip pen and ink, along with professional-grade watercolours and acrylic highlights executed on 425gsm 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. This original artwork includes the ‘Shannon Dwyer Originalembossment and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.


Original watercolour and ink artwork, ‘Fanny’, the Rufous Fantail.

Before starting an artwork Shannon researches her subject thoroughly to intimately know its habits, movements, personality and colouring to ensure she can capture it all in her artwork. One of the bonuses of this research for her art collectors is that her research is then also combined into a summarised paragraph which becomes part of the Certificate of Authenticity.

There’s so much to love in this fidgety, flitty, tail-wagging cutey that has the most stunning monobrow Shannon has ever seen! Such a fun little feathered friend to capture – with great emphasis on those gorgeous eyes (and, of course, ‘the brow’).

Rufous Fantail fun-facts included on the Certificate of Authenticity: The Rufous Fantail is found in northern and eastern coastal Australia, being more common in the north. It is also found in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sulawesi and Guam. The dainty Rufous Fantail is usually seen flitting about below the canopy of moist eucalypt forests and rainforests, inhabiting the dense, shady undergrowth of gullies. Foraging mostly in the air, they often perch restlessly on the branches, with their wings continually fidgeting and the tail almost always fanned, regularly making short, jerky flights out from the perch, flitting and fluttering, diving, twisting and looping near the foliage and branches to dislodge, flush out or catch insect prey. When fanned, its tail is almost twice as wide as its body and, unlike many bird species where the male has the more impressive plumage, the female Rufous Fantail is just as brightly coloured, if a little smaller. Sometimes Rufous Fantails join forces with other birds to hunt out the small insects they love to eat, teaming up with the Spectacled Monarch, Large-Billed Scrubwren, Green-Backed Honeyeater and the Little Shrike-thrush. The Rufous Fantail’s call is either a series of thin whistles with rising pitch or making a single or double ‘chip’. Their call can serve as both an alarm to warn off predators when hunting for food or as a way to attract a mate. Conservation Status: Secure.


*Artwork price includes signed professionally framed original artwork and Certificate of Authenticity – Available only at Fern Street Gallery, Gerringong.

Framed Finish:
This piece has been ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the ruffled edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with all the delicious, wonderful imperfections!


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