|Lidth's Jay, 2013, etching and aquatint|
Lidth's Jay, also known as Amami Jay is a bird native to Amami islands in Japan.
I drew this bird at National Nature and Science Museum in Tokyo in snowy January this year.
First thing I noticed was the colour of its feathers.
It changes its blue hue with light - purply blue on one angle but peacock blue on the other angle and so on - thus the name of this bird in Japanese Rurikakesu - Ruri is the colour of lapis lazuli.
The plants on this image is a mixture of my drawings in the sketchbook - some are drawn from life in New Zealand, some are native plants to Amami Islands drawn from photos - I've never been there before.
This Lidth's Jay will be exhibited at Bird's Gallery from 23 April as part of my solo show called Adore.
More information is coming soon!
|Original drawing of Lidth's Jay|