The Rainbow Corncrake is unfortunately not a newly discovered bird, It is my entry into this weeks Summer of Color. I have changed the colours a wee bit to fit with the hot pink and orange combination needed for the challenge.
This piece is actually a re-cycled floorboard collage/acrylic painting (76cmx23cm) which I have just finished for the annual Skye summer exhibition at the Skyeworks gallery on the beautiful Isle of Skye. The exhibition starts in August so I have been busy trying to finish a few pieces.
The Corncrake is a rare and reclusive bird living and nesting in the open grassland and heather.It makes a rather distinctive and strangled cry which is very distinctive! It has several names in Scottish and local folk history such as "Landrail" "Corn Scrack" and "Quailzie";This little corncrake started life like this. ( The weather was so beautiful when I was working on it I took my easel outside!)
As you can see it did begin life with a little croft house in the distance, but as the collage progressed I covered it over as I wasn't happy with it as I felt it distracted from the Corncrake, who is after all the main star of the show! The colours here are true to life, golds, pinks, purple and orange.
Small pieces of Handmade Jelli printed and mulberry papers make up the heather covered landscape.
The Corncrake is painted with Acrylics and then given a crackle glaze to sit her nicely in her surroundings.
The foreground of horsetails stands proud of the surface with a lovely textural feel.
And here it is in its true colours 'Summer Corncrake'
Links also as usual to Paint Party Friday
As well as the summer of color!