'Alala, Original oil painting

'Alala, Original oil painting

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Original oil painting by Sarah Soward. Oil on canvas. 16x12 inches, unframed, painted on canvas.

The 'alala is an endangered species of crow that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The painting shows two 'alala flying, their wings at different stages of flight. A palette knife was used to create the yellow background around the black of the birds to create a raised texture of grooves and marks. The yellow was built up around the painterly rendering of the birds so they are inset slightly into the yellow sky.