Three months in creation, this hyperrealism painting of an Ecuadorean hummingbird is finally completed. Over 30 times life size it is the largest work and took the longest time Tony has ever comitted to a single piece of work. Using reference he took at Tandayapa Bird Lodge in the Andes, he has created an homage to this beautiful bird.
My painting technique over the past 40 years depends on a very detailed underpainting, where I balance the tones and get it right as a black and white piece. This is then followed by layer upon layer of glaze to get the right colour and texture. It’s a labour intensive and time consuming method. And like many artists I usually end up not loving the end result. I get too close to it. But I think I like this one….
Some comments by visiting artists have reignited my interest in Hyperrealism. A couple of years ago I painted several canvases celebrating the minute patterns and details of the natural world and proved to myself that I am now a mature enough painter to tackle hyperrealism. Thus, after a 40 year apprenticeship painting birds, I am now embarking on a journey into this art genre using the natural world I love as my inspiration. What fun!