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By: World Parrot Refuge  09-12-2011

The World Parrot Refuge parrots are painting!

“Every painting will be different. They are so imaginative,” Wendy Huntbatch said enthusiastically after the first art trial. “I think the cockatoos are going to be the best artists.”

The paintings, on stretched canvas, will be sold at the Parrot Refuge and each one will be personally signed, with a footprint, by the bird artist.

“They are doing amazing work,” said supervisor-turned-art-teacher Stephanie Martin.

Bailey and Peaches, umbrella cockatoos, favoured reds and yellows with impressionist influences.

“Bailey is using her tail so her paintings feature a sweeping effect — sort of feathering. Then she slides on it,” Martin said.

“Peaches uses the brushes to throw the paint on the canvas.”

“Most of it is fingerpainting, rather than brushwork. It is pretty abstract and everyone has their own version of what they see,” Martin said.

Volunteers are looking forward to exploring the individual talents of their favourite birds and there are great hopes for the abilities of the African greys, she said.

Baths have to follow painting lessons, even though the paint is non-toxic, Martin said.

“And after bath time they like to be blow-dried. They want the full salon treatment,” she said.

Each unique parrot painting is $75, plus shipping. Shipping will be added to your order when the painting is shipped. Our cart is secure, so your information is safe.

For more information, please contact Wendy at .

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Each unique parrot painting is $75, plus shipping. Shipping will be added to your order when the painting is shipped. Our cart is secure, so your information is safe.

For more information, please contact Wendy at .

So far we have 8 paintings completed – they seem to average 4 per day – it is hard work and requires a lot of polly concentration! We will have volunteers here again to assist our artists and hand the loaded brushes to them. The Parrot Art gallery will be open as long as we have paintings available.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011


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