Birds in a bog!

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrushses on Doi Inthanon
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrushses on Doi Inthanon

Any regular readers of this blog – if there are any – may recognise this scene, which is based on a photograph used in one of my previous blogs (Natural Places: Ang Ka Nature Trail – Doi Inthanon).  I have heard artists refer to photographs as being ‘reference materials’ (!) – but I make no bones about the fact that I copy my photographs – or perhaps I interpret them?; you decide!  For comparison, here is the original photograph which I used for the background of the painting. Ang Ka Nature trail, Doi Inthanon (2)

Ang Ka Nature trail, Doi Inthanon (2)

The birds themselves – they are supposed to be Chestnut-capped Laughing thrushes (Garrulax mitratus) – are also based on photographs I took at this scene.  So I take the photos and try to assemble them into a sort of montage, in an attempt to recreate the experience for myself.  I like the process of painting (in watercolours and gouache) although I tend to make it up as I go along!  I am largely self-taught and try to learn from every painting that I do.  One day I will be a proper painter (I hope!).  Anyway, I enjoy the application of paint and it’s also a good way of using ones photographs in a creative way.  I like to paint scenes which mean something to me.  This little nature trail on the top of Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon, is always a teat to visit, with different birds appearing on different visits.  These laughing thrushes are quite easy to see at this site – the Ang Ka Nature Study – but on this occasion (a visit in December 2013) they were making such a lot of noise, and interacting with each other so intensely that them seemed to be oblivious of the fact that I was standing right in front of them! It was a delightful and memorable experience. I hope I can go back there next winter!


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