"Homemaker - Atlantic Puffin"

Nicky Shelton

Nicky Shelton

Oil on Italian Gesso Panel

30cm x 36cm x 3.5cm - available framed

2019

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"It is not very often I paint a non Australian bird but having just spent 18 months touring Europe during the birdlife breeding season. I met and fell in love with several colonies of these cute little birds. I could not help myself I just had to add one or maybe two to my bird art repertoire.

Some fun Puffin facts – they are small birds weighing just 0.5 kg. Due to their physical appearance, they are rightly known as cousins of penguin. Most of their life is spent at sea returning to shore to breed during which time their beak blooms into an outrageous orange colour earning Puffins the nickname “Sea Parrots” or “Clowns of the Sea”.

And the cutest – Baby Puffins are called Pufflings.

Thank you to photographer David Mcmillan for graciously providing the reference photo as inspiration for this painting."

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