Feathers, Flight And Freedom
Feathers, Flight and Freedom' The sight of a red-tailed cockatoo in the wild never ceases to excite me! Luckily I do occasionally spot them in Dunsborough.They are extremely hard to photograph perched high up in the trees, well camouflaged. They are also very weary of humans.I had the privilege of visiting Jamarri, the only cockatoo sanctuary in the South West where I was able to take photographs to use as references for my painting. Sadly Jamarri, closed its doors this year after 34 years.The Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii is currently listed as vulnerable due to the destruction of forests, fires and feral animals.The male displays bright orange-red tail feathers. The female has yellow spots on the wings and head and yellow-orange bars on the chest and tail feathers.The medium I chose to use for 'Feathers, Flight and Freedom' is oil on stretched canvas. Using a multi layering technique, allowing each layer to dry completely before proceeding makes it a lengthy process but enables me to achieve the effect I am looking for.