The Caretaker Bird

The caretaker bird is a colourful character with a very responsible job. It is his job to sing the notes that help grow the steps to the Family Nest, right at the heart of the Tree of Life. He has to be in good voice and gargles daily with honey and mead, brought to him by the faithful Gatherbees.

This is a big illustration, as you can imagine, for the Tree of Life is tall, and the journey long and winding. (22″ x 16″) (58 x 42cm)

Inspired by the Three Muses this week… I think it will adapt well to customized posters/Family Trees. We shall see!

Graphite pencil, black (and white) pens (various), Derwent Inktense pencils and Caran d’Ache Neocolours were used.

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  1. So joyously colourful- and such a wise looking bird – Iove it!

  2. I love him!

  3. Pam Prosser

     /  June 29, 2011

    this is just wonderful, you clever little thing….

  4. Utterly fantastic work Rosie. Love it. Well done! xx

  5. Taluula

     /  June 29, 2011

    This doesn’t often happen to me, but I was well and truly lost for words when I saw this one, Rosie. It is fabulous, gorgeous, colourful, inspired and exquisite. Thank your Muse she is one talented lady.

  6. Joyous and colorful, Rosie. A great addition to our collection of stairsteps!

  7. Caretaker bird has an awesome job…love this whole composition 😀

  8. I like your stories as much as your art Rosie… when I come to your blog, it’s like going on a journey to a magical land… I never know what I’ll find but it’s always beautiful, inspiring and/or has me thinking!

  9. Djeez Rosie….I take a deep bow for your talent !! Promise me to cherish this !!
    I’m really impressed and so happy i’ve seen your entry !!
    Truely a masterpiece !!!

  10. I love the spiraling shapes of your family tree, Rosie! Caretaker bird certainly sings a beautiful world into existence! And the colors, just WOW! Gorgeous vibrancy and smooth transitions! I love the color that the inktense and neocolors produce, but it’s how you handle them that makes them sing! Outstanding piece!

  11. Breathtakingly beautiful, Rosie, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
    A real ‘must hang on the wall’ piece of art!!

  12. They would definitely need steps to the nest on a tree that tall! The colors are wonderful, just like a rainbow.

  13. alteredforhim

     /  June 30, 2011

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the colors you used, so pretty! I subscribed to you, look forward to seeing more of your art.

    Have a great day!

  14. Tweet tweet, I love your bird and the family love !

  15. This is lovely! I am really impressed 🙂


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