Yellow-billed Parrot

This lovely Yellow-billed Parrot was painted from a photo taken by Wendy Ann Lee, scientist, photographer, birder, game keeper and proprietor of the Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife, in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. 

Wendy is passionate about rescuing both species of these parrots, endemic to Jamaica (this and the black-billed), which are protected under law. However, it is a long uphill road in educating the public and keeping the young birds out of the hands of unscrupulous pet traders.

I painted the parrot, both because its beauty and friendly look appealed, but also to raise awareness of the important work that Wendy undertakes, pretty-much single-handed. I am donating 20% of the proceeds to her Sanctuary and if you feel inspired to do the same, you can contact Wendy by email at


or follow her FB Page: Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife

To watch a live painting time-lapse of the Yellow -billed Parrot Painting, go here:

How to travel light when painting 'en plein air':

Sometimes, the opportunity arises for a spot of painting outdoors and the weather even co-operates, but by the time I've thought about what to take out of my normal painting equipment, half my painting time has gone.  To get around this, I keep a light-weight rucksack ready to go with just 10 items already packed:

  • watercolour travel palette, with colour in pans and space to mix
  • brush, squirrel hair round, size 12 (an elastic band holds this against my palette)
  • black ink, fine tip felt pen, for sketching (optional watercolour markers)
  • A4 watercolour pad or block
  • a few sheets of kitchen paper towel
  • a refilled, litre plastic bottle of water (for painting and drinking)
  • a recycled plastic yogurt pot, (or collapsible water pot)
  • small spray water bottle
  • sunhat
  • small towel, to sit on
My 10 bare essentials, for painting 'en plain air'.

My 10 bare essentials, for painting 'en plain air'.

With these bare essentials ready to grab and go when the chance appears, I no longer waste any time collecting what I need, when I could be painting instead!