Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rose Parrakeet

My uncle owns and flies a restored Rose Parrakeet: a "single-seat sporting biplane produced in small numbers in the United States during the 1930s. It was a conventional design with staggered single-bay wings of equal span braced by N-struts." -Wikipedia

(As someone who commits typos largely as a matter of technological laziness, I must say that "parrakeet" is the proper spelling of this plane!)

Anywho, his birthday is coming up and my mom commissioned a card to send to him.  This is what I came up with:

Notice the party hat and the "Birthday 1951" plane number?  :)

I sketched it from this picture:

This is Uncle Howard flying the 'keet in Maryland, or somewhere nearby...
  • Ticonderoga #2 sketcher
  • Loew Cornell watercolor for the red and the splatters, and also for the sentiment
  • Yasutomo pearl watercolors for the silver wings
  • Thermoweb dimensional tape
Just for fun, if any of you like wine and live back east, Uncle Howard and Aunt Sue own and operate a vineyard in Maryland... check it out: New Market Plains Vineyards...  Mmmmm...

I'd like to share this at the following challenges:

  • Seize the Birthday : "Bold and bright"... the red body is bold and the silver wings are bright!
  • A Blog Named Hero: Masculine... well, girls love planes,  too, but this *is* for my uncle...


  1. What a fun card for your uncle. I bet he will love it. Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!

  2. I'm sure your uncle will be thrilled with such a personal card! Thanks so much for playing at Seize The Birthday :)

  3. Perfectly done! Your commission was complete, and done beautifully. Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday! Barbara DT member

  4. Oh my! And you draw! I love you more and more... What a fantastic design, the coloring is superb!!

  5. You drew this! I'm impressed beyond words! I'm sure he's gonna be delighted, a card can't get any more personal than this!!

  6. WOW!! this is an amazing card! your family will ALL enjoy this card for years to come!! My family is full of pilots as well (not me) some of them even jump OUT of airplanes! giggles Imagine that a perfectly good airplane and they jump out! Crazy!

    Beautiful card : )

    Thank you for entering it in the gallery at Seize the Birthday!