I've been stuck on this for the last couple of days. I made the mistake of trying to "plan" a layout investing way too much time in thinking rather than doing. I think I do much better when I just let everything happen on its own as I work.
This guy is at the Simons Seed and Garden Center in Leesburg. In fact there were three cages of birds.........one with doves, the macaw, and not sure what kind of bird was in the third cage. Another very colorful and beautiful bird I hope to paint.
I sent an email to the shop asking if I could get some information on their Macaw (like name, age, male/female, temperament, etc.) but I haven't heard back from them. So I just looked up information from various sources and made a list about the species in general.
Update: I was back at their shop this morning (Thurs Feb 23rd), and was able to get information on this beauty.
This is a Blue Gold Macaw who is 22 years old. His or her name (they are not sure but think it's a female) is Mango and has been with the shop owners for about 8 years. Mango is a rescued bird who had/has special needs. One is due to a deformity of the beak probably caused by incorrect hand raising. Also had or has a limp due to a broken foot. Although Mango might have these issues, it wasn't apparent to me and is quite a beautiful bird.
I had the pleasure of being near Mango while out of her cage and also witnessed her giving herself a shower. That was fun to watch.
Hand sewn journal with Fabriano Artistico wc paper
Beaumont Fountain pen with Lexington Gray Ink (that wanted to smear on me after I thought it was dry)