Eric van der Aa

Eric van der Aa, born in 1963 in the town of Maastricht, is an enthusiastic bird-watcher for more than thirty years. During his studies at the Agricultural University of Wageningen (1982-1988) painting in water colours was a compulsory subject. "This medium lends itself to capture images and impressions quickly, forced me to watch carefully and learnt me to separate main issues from side-issues." He likes watercolour because of the nearly unlimited possibilities in colors and the unpredictability of the wet-in-wet technique. "There is no better medium to depict clouds and water.”


Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

One of the greater challenges in watercolour is painting delicate light structures, like tiny branches covered with snow. Using white paint is not an option in this technique, so you have to paint with darker colours around the snow-covered structures. I’m rather satisfied with the result. I wanted this magnificent owl to look alert, as if he hears something that could be a prey. A small vole perhaps, that helps him to survive the hard boreal winter……

watercolour, (H) 29 x (W) 57 cm, incl. frame. If you would like to purchase this original painting, please email us to check availability and details. 


Blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota)

One of my favorite Latin-American birds, because of his colours and his beautiful, stunning tail. This orange-breasted form is quite rare but the lush emerald forest asked for a contrasting colour. These forests can be rather dark, with just a few sunrays penetrating the canopy. I love to paint these sceneries and creating a mosaic of light and dark patches.

watercolour, (H) 25 x (W) 73 cm, incl. frame. If you would like to purchase this original painting, please email us to check availability and details. 

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