By Helen Emmett

Come and paint one of New Zealand's rarest birds! Hihi is native to New Zealand, and it's common name Stitchbird is believed to come from their high-pitched zit tzit whistle, that sounds like the word 'stitch'. This painting is an illustrative technique, focusing on realism. It uses carefully placed details, soft blending and blurring to create a rather beautiful artwork.

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