I was flicking through a few photos of water birds this morning and my eye caught some images of moorhens. I do not know why but they never struck me as “paintable” birds . As I looked carefully at the images for the first time my eye caught the blues, browns, purples of the body plumage and the outrageous crimsons and yellow of the beak and legs! I had always thought of moorhens as just little black birds that just scuttle off as soon as a person appears cursing them in that irritating shrilly call of theirs! Their oversized feet lend them a comical look and I knew I just had to paint them. I spent a few hours doodling and then began this painting. I hope to finish it tomorrow.