Original Contemporary Wildlife Stork Portrait Painting
By Artist Diane Griffiths
This is actually an African stork; Abdim’s White-bellied Black Stork. The painting is based on a photo I took at London Zoo. The stork was there for an instant, right above me, before it flew to another part of the enclosure. I was lucky to get the photo. I was so taken with the composition and colour this was a painting which practically jumped onto the canvas.
Working the background primarily in enamels and the stork in acrylic, there is a striking contrast between the vibrant blue sky and the black feathers. The introduction of enamels in this work allowed me create a huge amount of movement in this painting; the sky swirls in many different directions while the beak cuts abruptly across. While I’m not trying to be photo-realistic, I do want to depict a certain amount of technical accuracy in order to capture something about the stork. There is an innocence in the moment; to stop, take a quick look around before moving on. We see a crisp fleeting moment, the stork pauses while the world around him continues to be in motion.
Featured on the cover of Artists & Illustrator 2018 Calendar!
The December issue of Artists & Illustrators was on sale as of 3rd November 2017. Free with the magazine this month is the Artists & Illustrators 2018 calendar, and I’m proud to say that my painting of ‘The Stork’ is on the front cover!