ORIGINAL ART – ‘Superb Love’, Superb Fairywrens


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‘Superb Love’

Ink and watercolour
760mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

‘Superb Love’ was created using a traditional nib dip pen and ink, along with professional-grade watercolours 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, ‘Superb Love’, the Superb Fairywrens.

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.

Superb Fairywrens fun-facts included on the Certificate of Authenticity: Superb Fairy-wrens are found through eastern Australia and Tasmania to the south-eastern corner of South Australia. The Superb Fairy-wren is a cooperative breeding species, with pairs or groups of 3–5 birds maintaining and defending small territories year round, and boasts perhaps the highest rate of adultery in the bird kingdom. Male Superb Fairy-wrens have been labelled as ‘the least faithful birds in the world’. Females may be courted by up to 13 males in half an hour, and 76% of young are sired by males from outside the social group. The nest is a dome-shaped structure of grasses and other fine material. It is usually placed in a low bush and is constructed by the female. The female incubates the eggs alone but both sexes feed the young. Other members of the group will also help with the feeding of the young. Feeding takes place in small social groups. Like all fairy-wrens, the Superb Fairy-wren is an active and restless feeder, particularly on open ground near shelter, but also through the lower foliage. Seen in most habitat types where suitable dense cover and low shrubs occur, they are common in urban parks and gardens, often in small social groups. Major nest predators include Australian magpies, butcherbirds, laughing kookaburras, currawongs, crows and ravens, shrike-thrushes as well as introduced mammals such as the red fox, cat and black rat. Conservation status: Secure.


*Artwork price includes signed original artwork, Certificate of Authenticity and free delivery within Australia*

Artwork is unframed so you don’t pay unnecessary freight costs and be able to choose the frame of your liking.
This piece will be delivered in a large reinforced postage tube, rolled securely in (and protected by) acid-free tissue paper.


Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘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 delicious imperfections.


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