ORIGINAL ART – ‘Gossip Girls’, Apostlebirds

$1,500.00

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Description

‘Gossip Girls’

2021
Ink and watercolour
760mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

‘Gossip Girls’ 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, ‘Gossip Girls’, the Apostlebirds.

Shannon found the intricacies of the feathering on these gorgeous (if a little grumpy-looking) apostlebirds so delicious that she simply had to paint them! Well…that, and because, like Shannon, they’re famous for a chatty-chatty-chat-chat.

 

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.

Apostlebird fun-facts included on the Certificate of Authenticity: The Apostlebird, also known as the grey jumper or lousy jack, is a quick-moving, grey bird that is native to Australian woodlands, eating insects and seeds at, or near, ground level. Found in inland eastern Australia from lower Cape York Peninsula, QLD to northern VIC, and from Naracoorte to Mount Lofty Ranges, SA, with an isolated population in the NT. Apostlebirds are usually seen in social groups with 6 – 20 other birds, doing everything together, giving a wide range of calls and telling each other about it very loudly and often! Early settlers believed that these groups always comprised 12 birds, and likened these to the apostles of Jesus Christ – hence the name ‘Apostlebirds’. Belonging to the group of birds known as ‘mud-nesters’, all members assist with nest building, as well as feeding of nestlings, while only the adults usually incubate the eggs. Often a newly paired male and female don’t have the help required to birth new offspring, so they go on the hunt for other birds’ offspring and kidnap them, to bolster their ranks. Apostlebirds nestlings remain with their parents for an incredible 200 days (to put that in perspective, a pigeon chick typically leaves the nest after about 30 days) – talk about needy! Apostlebirds conservation status is: Least Concern.

 

*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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