I visited Auckland Zoo on several occasions last year, the highlight was the Te Wao Nui exhibit which holds a collection of New Zealand endemic birds, mammals, fish and reptiles. I've never in my life ever painted a bird before so this is my very first attempt in acrylics. I have no idea where I'm going with this or even what the heck I'm doing. This is the time when I do wish I had some lessons behind me. It's all guess work, how it will turn out is anyone's guess. I'm enjoying the challenge. It's been far too long since I've done any art at all. Missed it.
Back in 2009 I took a few photographs of riders at the Paparoa Rodeo Club getting ready for the team roping. I had planned to do a series of painting, but never got around to actually doing anything. Finally I bit the bullet and started something. This is the initial sketch. It's a bit rough and probably full of problems. But I won't know until I try!