Pigeon sketch asisde it's been a long while since I've done a bird. After the Maine Exhibition I was a bit birded out but a few months have gone by since then and I was feeling a bit guilty about leaving the facebook Paint Colorful Birds for Fun page empty for so long.
Hoopoes are certainly colorful so they fit the bill but continuing the theme of subtlety I wanted to give this a calm, dignified mood rather than go full blast on the orange. Looking past the flashy head feathers I very much like the soft purple shadows on the neck and breast. It's a small effect but adds some calmness to a bird that could easily be one dimensional.
Oh - and he's unperturbed because there was a humdinger of a thunderstorm going on while I was painting this. Windows and walls rattling and everything.