I chose this lovely woodpecker because I remember painting a Green Woodpecker on a tree trunk, when I was at Primary School. We were asked to paint our favourite wildlife animal, then choose a book to copy out of it. With the experienced of life, I wondered if I could paint it again as a Lesser Spotted Black and White and achieve a painting as good as my child's dream painting. I loved the challenge, I am now 52 years old and I still managed to capture it.
I masked out the outlines, then painted in the washy background, keeping it pale. Rubbed off the masking fluid and tackled painting the woodpecker first. Then, painted in the mesh and filled in painting the nuts. To finish, I thought the nuts needed defining, so, I outlined and picked out some with sepia ink pens. The painting was complete and I was happy with it.