We finally got a taste of winter here in Southwestern Ontarion this past weekend. While I’m not a big fan of the white stuff, I have to admit to enjoying the cozy feeling of watching it snow and blow while warm and snug inside.
I painted this fellow a couple of weeks ago at a painting play date at my friend’s house. Thank you, Char, for letting me experiment with your vibrant Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolours! They sure helped make this guy stand out!
It’s always a thrill to see a brillant red cardinal, especially against a snowy backdrop. We all need a bit of colour in the wintertime! While most cardinals get all puffed up in the snow, this guy seems to be showing off his trim figure. I’ve decided to call him “Slim”.
My flock is getting bigger! Here are two more additions, an Eastern Bluebird (#5) and our old friend, the Indigo Bunting (#6). These are torn paper collage on a mixed media background. (Which was really hard to photograph, BTW!) I guess I’m wishing for spring already, because this pair is called Spring Song.
The song that kept going through my head while I was creating these was:
Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
Blue skies smilin’ at me Nothin’ but blue skies do I see Bluebirds singin’ a song Nothin’ but bluebirds all day long
We really enjoy watching the little nuthatches when they come to eat at our suet feeders. They are great acrobats and hang upside down and sideways to get at the food. This is a little female, and she has a good grip on that branch!
I have to admit that I really love this little warbler! He’s so tiny that he can sit at the very top of a cluster of crab apple buds. I looked in my bird book to see what kind of warbler he (or she) is, but couldn’t come up with a definitive answer. If any of you are birders, maybe you could help!
This is my final contender for the Twitter Art Exhibit. I’ll be deciding soon (with your help) which one to pick! I need to get it in the mail to send over to Scotland!
I’ve only seen this elusive little bird twice in my life, and for only a few seconds each. This is an Indigo Bunting, a tiny brilliant blue bird about the size of a sparrow, or smaller. The first time I saw it was when I was very young, at Rondeau Provincial Park in Ontario. The second time, was a few years ago in my backyard, perched on the fence around our pool and just long enough for me to say, “Oh!” and he was gone.
He’s another contender for the Twitter Art Exhibit. I like this little guy so much, I think I’ll do him again in collage and in a different setting. Stay tuned!
It’s a new year, and I’ve decided to embark on an adventure. This adventure will probably take more than a year, but I’m going to try to paint or collage 100 birds! Birds are one of my favorite subjects and there are thousands and thousands of species to choose from. Although I’m going to try and do as many different species as I can, I can’t promise that I won’t be sticking with a favourite or two! (Crows come to mind.)
Although I have done a couple of bird paintings fairly recently, I will start from when I decided to do the series, which was today!
This is a small watercolour, one of the contenders to enter the Twitter Art Exhibit this year. She is a lovely female cardinal and I’ve named her Northern Lady.
This summer has been “The Summer of the Butterfly” for me. I brought in three tiny caterpillars into the house to raise into Monarch butterflies; Jeremy, Victoria and Elizabeth! Sadly, Victoria didn’t make it, but the other two grew into beautiful butterflies that got released into my garden.
This inspired me to start a series of butterflies. The first one is “Winging It”, 12″ X 12″ collage and mixed media.
I’m currently working on another one which will be big and blue!
A while ago, I was going through some painted watercolor papers that were either failed attempts at something, or experiments gone wrong. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to cut them up into ACEO-sized cards and experiment with them further. I picked out interesting parts of the papers that had neat colours or textures and cut them into 2.5″ X 3.5″ pieces. Then they sat for another few months in a bag in my studio.
Yesterday, looking for something to do, I found them! I got out my small Gelli plate and added some fun textures, then got out some of my scrap collage papers. I’ve really been enjoying my coneflowers, daisies (although they are done blooming now), and Black Eyed Susans in my garden. I used them for inspiration for these little art cards.
And for those of you following the progress on the fawn collage, here is the finished version. This piece is now at ARTspace Gallery in Chatham, ON.