Friday, 18 March 2016

All About The Cocky...

I was rather rudely woken up this morning by a flock of raucous sulphur crested cockatoos
  these things are swarming like locusts during the apocalypse
 and they were going off their tiny little bird brains 
 making a racket similar to a horde of little kids hopped up on sweeties and fizzy drinks
 Our tree was briefly reduced to a seething mass of fluro yellow and white
feathers were flying, seed pods were being devoured like nobody's business
with leftover pods being tossed aside like little missiles onto the tin roof
it was quite the wake up call
and no I didn't take photos... though in my defence
it was ridiculously early and it was a tad overwhelming being torn from sleep and subjected to nature in all its fury like that
mind you it was all over in minutes 
and I was left standing there gaping at the now rather nicely trimmed tree
and wondering if perhaps I had imagined it
only the rather traumatised and shaking figure of Barry the cat beside me 
told me I wasn't going round the twist and the tree had been briefly swarmed by birds


So after that sort of wake up
I thought it only appropriate to draw up one of the noisy buggers
They have now moved through the neighbourhood 
and last seen were heading in the direction of the golf course
which has to be close to cocky heaven with all those trees bursting with seed pods
and now my mind is turning to creating a lino print of one of them
I got in and did a tea cup lino print during the week
mind you I got a bit cocky... yep I went there
and decided to do a two colour version
my registration skills are a tad rusty I have to say


 But all in all the fun trumps not being perfectly lined up
happy painting all...xx

33 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What gorgeous birds, we don't have them here, what a pity! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab art, love the print. Happy PPF

ArtbyNicolaMcLean said...

I think it is amazing to think of huge numbers of these stunning birds descending on a tree in your garden. I've only ever seen the poor critters one at a time stuck in a tiny cage somewhere which breaks my heart - to see them in great numbers flying free the way nature intended must be something else (even if it did wake you from your slumber!!) Beautiful painting as well. Is there no end to your talents? I didn't know you did lino cuts as well as everything else! An of a tea cup of course!!

craftytrog said...

Wonderful painting of that noisy bird Tracey! They do make a racket don't they?!
Happy PPF!

Ritu Dua said...

This is such a lovely drawing of the bird :0 We get to see hundreds of flamingos down our place here ...look gorgeous!!

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sirkkis said...

Great art. I love the gorgeous bird.
Happy PPF xx

Laila said...

Oh Tracey, that two colored cup is beyond beautiful. I just HAVE to try carving. I love the bird as well, even if it's kind of noisy early in the morning.

susupetal said...

What a way to wake up! Sounds so exotic to me! Your morning borne great art.

It had snowed about two inches during the night here in Helsinki, damn, I want birds not snow!!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm so sorry about your rude awakening to the rambunctious cockatoos' feast off of your tree. However, for someone in the Southwest region of the USA like me, that would have been a delight to witness. LOL! Your illustration of one of them is gorgeous, as well as your lino print. Blessings, my friend!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

You always are there for a great story and a good chuckle. You do have those tropical birds afoot and they are SO loud. Only heard them in Florida here. Love the cup prints. xox

Christine said...

Lovelycockatoo if noisy! We get the squawky Canada geese here in droves. Beautiful lino teacup too

Faye said...

The cockatoo would certainly give me a fright if I saw or heard one here in Virginia, unless it was in a pet shop! What a beautiful bird. Love your painting. The teacup lino print is great. I think it lined up fine. Thanks for the good wishes. Root canal seems to be OK but still a little sore.

Linda Kunsman said...

cool prints -and that cockatoo is brilliant! They sure can be noisy and a bit nasty but they really are entertaining. My great aunt had two of them-in separate cages of course:)

Not Your Ordinary Spud said...

Your art is always amazing..but I also love your stories..You are good with words ;)

Julene said...

That is a beautiful bird and I'm sure he has lots to say about it!
Fun to see what you've done!

Giggles said...

Fabulous Tracey...love your cocky... so well done...and that lino is great fun... t-shirt worthy for sure!! Love it! How fortunate you are to have those colourful birds in your area!!

Hugs Giggles

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm surprised the cat didn't have a heart attack.
I'm gonna have to do lino printing as soon as I have my own studio!
Can't wait to see a mess of cockatoos lino printed all over a page!
xxoo

GlorV1 said...

Awesome bird and wonderful capture of it. My husband raises cockatiels which actually look like this cockatoo. Great job. Hope all is well with you. Take care.

My name is Erika. said...

I bet they are loud but from my world here in the Northeast US what a sight it must have been- all those beautiful and to me, exotic birds. LOVE your sketch! And your print too. Happy weekend! Hopefully no more birds to start your day.
Hugs! Erika

Laney said...

Oh how fun it would be to see all those birds! Love your painting and lino prints.

~Rasz~ said...

I guess it was good that the birds did not stay long and left you some inspiration to some artwork! That is always a good thing, right? Have a wonderful PPF week! Hugs, Rasz

Dea Lenihan said...

Love the cockatoo! I love birds. And I also love the cup. Great stuff--happy PPF! xo

Cozydoodle said...

I use to have a little bird like that when I was younger. With orange cheeks. I adore your drawing. really amazing! It must be amazing to have birds like that flying around. Here we only have Canadian geese that poop everywhere. LOL I want to move to Australia. :D I adore your tea cup! :) Happy Paint Party Friday!

Neesie said...

Gorgeous Cocky Trace, you took me right back to Melbourne and a weekend that we had the same thing happen to us. They were Corellas and numbered over thirty. I wondered what the heck was happening, but was told "Oh yes they come through this way at this time every year... and sure enough they did". (Don't want to blow my own trumpet or upset you, but I did take photos)
Your lino teacup is gorgeous. I love the two tones. You're very clever. I can see this skill growing.
I'm also tempted to give it a go... but I've not got any supplies. Maybe I need a trip to the art store? (hehe)
Happy PPF to you xoxo

kat said...

That cup is my favourite, it looks like it's having a spinning time!

Beth Niquette said...

Your cockatoo is fabulous--and I laughed and laughed over your description of the influx. We don't have those birds here--except indoors as pets. lol I would have loved to have seen them in action! lol Happy PPF!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Oh I love that bird and the cup is lovely too! It sounds like a very strange way to awaken, but I love what it inspired...

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

When I was a Vet Tech there was a Cockatoo in our office. He was the most annoying, loud, mean bird you ever wanted to see. I can't imagine a flock of them. You did a great job on the drawing. Have a very nice weekend.

minnemie said...

Oh but the bird looks so exotic and fabulous - much to beautiful to cause an untimely ruckus...? Ha, but only to those of us who were not yanked from The Land of Nod by said... flying weeds, right? They are kind of like weeds - like my grandma always said (sometimes about little flowers I found utterly adorable), "May be beautiful, but if they are habitating an undesirable space, they are a nuisance and deserve the insult: "Weed!!"" Love, love, love your lino print - the colored one especially!!!

Sandra Busby said...

You are SO lucky to have birds like that!! Even though they wake you up! Ours are all so small and a bit dull in comparison... If we saw one of these in the garden we'd be calling a rescue centre assuming it has escaped from a pet shop or a zoo or something, lol! I love your cocky painting too... and where do you start with lino cutting??? Sounds very complicated to me!

Nordljus said...

That is definitely not a sight to be seen here. Although there's a bunch of small green ones in my aunt's neighbourhood in Germany, pets someone has released and they managed to survive and prosper. A weird but beautiful sight. Your visitation sounds a bit devastating though. Love your lino print!

Indira said...

I would love to have some of them in my backyard! I love the quirky expression of the bird. Lino prints look great.

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful bird! Love the vibrant feathers! Happy PPF :)