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Rain Forest Dream III – toucan


Watercolour painting of toucan on deep edged textured canvas. 50x50cm. Strung and ready to hang.

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Toucans have always fascinated me. Perhaps being raised on Guiness adverts helped that? So when we travelled to Costa Rica in 2024 seeing toucans in the wild, alongside macaws, came top of my bucket list.

I was surprised at how well camouflaged they are. This bird basically has a banana stuck on it’s face, but is really hard to spot – how does that work? The beak looks like a leaf catching the sunlight, so until they fly it breaks up the silhouette and they are quite tricky to see. But see them we did!

I was so energised by the life of the country that I had a creative marathon upon my return. I used a texture paste to create a background with multiple layers of leaf silhouettes, then applied gorgeous vibrant washes to capture the vitality and life of the bird. Costa Rica is a country rightly proud of its biodiversity and I wanted to communicate its verdant nature.

You can invite a splash of this life force into your home with special painting.

The painting is sealed with a UV protective varnish and then carefully waxed and buffed with a cold wax medium to enrich the colours. It is strung and ready to hang. You might also like to look at other toucans I have on both paper and canvas.