(framed) ORIGINAL ART – ‘Spot’, Spotted Pardalote

$1,200.00

‘Spot’
Spotted Pardalote
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 570mm x 380mm
by Shannon Dwyer

‘Spot’ was created with watercolours and detailed with both acrylics and traditional nib and ink on 425gsm 100% cotton watercolour paper. This original artwork is hand-embossed with the ‘Shannon Dwyer Original’ authenticity seal and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

Shannon absolutely loves a ‘Spotty Dottie’! These birds flit around the banks of Shannon’s local walking track. Their rich, earthy Australian colours and distinctive feather pattern cries out to be painted…and so, she did!

One of Australia’s smallest birds, the Spotted Pardalote has beautifully unique plumage which has earned it the fashionable nickname ‘Diamondbird’. Found in eastern and southern Australia from Cooktown in QLD through to Perth in WA, mostly in eucalypt forests and woodlands, it also occurs in urban areas with a well-established eucalypt canopy.  At only 9cm, Spotted Pardalotes can sometimes be hard to spot flitting through the canopy of Blue Gums, Pink Gums or River Red Gums in search of lerps and psyllids. A lerp is the crystal-like honeydew casing that a psyllid insect creates as a kind of shelter for its body. Psyllids are plant lice that suck the sap from eucalypts which isn’t a problem for a healthy tree. However, when a forest is under stress due to weeds, drought, logging or changed fire patterns (which is an issue for most Australian bushland these days), high numbers of psyllids can cause eucalypts to become sick and eventually die. By eating lerps and psyllids, Spotted Pardalotes help lessen the stress on native plants and keep the forests healthy. During the breeding season, Spotted Pardalote parents diligently drill a narrow, circular tunnel into an earth bank. At the end of the tunnel, they excavate a large nest chamber and line it with strips of bark to lay their eggs – they’ve also been found nesting in pipes, carpet rolls and garage roll-a-doors! It changes its tune in breeding season; “Sleep-may-be, Sleep-may-be.” This monotonous, repetitive call has earned it the nickname: the Headache Bird. Conservation Status: Secure.

 

Artwork price includes signed and hand embossed artwork with professional framing and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

*Shipping rates calculated individually. Contact me for a personalised shipping quote. This cost is additional to the purchase price.

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‘Spot’
Spotted Pardalote
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 570mm x 380mm
by Shannon Dwyer

‘Spot’ was created with watercolours and detailed with both acrylics and traditional nib and ink on 425gsm 100% cotton watercolour paper. This original artwork is hand-embossed with the ‘Shannon Dwyer Original’ authenticity seal and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

Shannon absolutely loves a ‘Spotty Dottie’! These birds flit around the banks of Shannon’s local walking track. Their rich, earthy Australian colours and distinctive feather pattern cries out to be painted…and so, she did!

One of Australia’s smallest birds, the Spotted Pardalote has beautifully unique plumage which has earned it the fashionable nickname ‘Diamondbird’. Found in eastern and southern Australia from Cooktown in QLD through to Perth in WA, mostly in eucalypt forests and woodlands, it also occurs in urban areas with a well-established eucalypt canopy.  At only 9cm, Spotted Pardalotes can sometimes be hard to spot flitting through the canopy of Blue Gums, Pink Gums or River Red Gums in search of lerps and psyllids. A lerp is the crystal-like honeydew casing that a psyllid insect creates as a kind of shelter for its body. Psyllids are plant lice that suck the sap from eucalypts which isn’t a problem for a healthy tree. However, when a forest is under stress due to weeds, drought, logging or changed fire patterns (which is an issue for most Australian bushland these days), high numbers of psyllids can cause eucalypts to become sick and eventually die. By eating lerps and psyllids, Spotted Pardalotes help lessen the stress on native plants and keep the forests healthy. During the breeding season, Spotted Pardalote parents diligently drill a narrow, circular tunnel into an earth bank. At the end of the tunnel, they excavate a large nest chamber and line it with strips of bark to lay their eggs – they’ve also been found nesting in pipes, carpet rolls and garage roll-a-doors! It changes its tune in breeding season; “Sleep-may-be, Sleep-may-be.” This monotonous, repetitive call has earned it the nickname: the Headache Bird. Conservation Status: Secure.

 

Artwork price includes signed and hand embossed artwork with professional framing and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

*Shipping rates calculated individually. Contact me for a personalised shipping quote. This cost is additional to the purchase price.

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Dimensions 90 × 7 × 75 cm

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