11" x 14" oil on panel
This oil painting of the Brazilian or Red-crested Cardinal is pretty true to my reference photo I took at Bellows Beach on Oahu. There was sand inside the broken coconut shell, but evidently this fellow found something to nibble on in it as well. On the tip of the bird's beak are some sand particles. The wind was blowing, which made its crest more flat against its head instead of standing up straight as in my reference photo of another cardinal shown below.