One of these things is not like the others! But this bright yellow Goldfinch matches perfectly with the ripe and juicy lemons he is investigating!
I decided to combine my 100 Bird challenge with my ongoing fruit series and came up with this one. It seemed fitting that the day before I finished this I got some visitors in my garden. Maybe they knew I was paying them tribute!
Whoops! I forgot to post this yesterday, but here it is a day late! These two toucans are practising their social distancing. I think they’re doing a pretty good job. This painting is only 5″ X 7″, so the birds are only about 1 1/2 inches in length. I had to get the small brush out for this one!
This adorable little Black-throated Green Warbler took a brief break in his migration the other day, right around the time the blossoms emerged on the flowering crabapple tree. I love spring! I just wish it lasted longer.
I was so excited to spot this little traveller in my backyard the other day! Thankfully, he wasn’t shy and stopped to pose for the camera. After consulting my bird book, I discovered that he is a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle variety). I had never seen one before in my life! The tiny white feathers under his eye give him a look like he’s a little peeved with the world. With all that’s going on, I can understand.
They say you learn something new every day. Today I learned that there are many different names for a group of pelicans. They can be called a brief, a pod, a pouch, a scoop, or a squadron. I thought pod had a nice ring to it, although pouch or scoop are quite appropriate considering how they use their big beaks.
This small 5 X 7″ piece was done in mixed media, starting with a pencil drawing on watercolour paper. I then did the background and rough underpainting of the birds in acrylic, finishing off with coloured pencil and soft pastel details. After collage, this is starting to become my favourite painting style although I’ll never give up my watercolours!
As I was painting yesterday, I looked out the window and saw we were experiencing a heavy snow squall. On April 21st. During a pandemic. Just perfect. But then I remembered the movie Walk of the Penguins, and how patient and focused they are. While one penguin makes a very long trek to the ocean for food, their mate stays behind with the others, huddled together in frigid conditions, waiting patiently for the other to return.
While it would be nice if we could all get together and huddle like the penguins, we could learn from their patience and know that soon it will be warm and we will be able to go outside and enjoy the nice weather. And we will be able to gather together again one day. I hope we never take it for granted ever again.
As a write this, we are in the middle of a global pandemic and as I look outside, I see it’s snowing. Maybe you’re like me and are dreaming of better days, perhaps a day at the beach. Someday it will happen. For now, here is my version. I just finished it today, after working on it for weeks. I couldn’t seem to concentrate on it for any length of time with all the stuff that’s been happening. I’m really glad it’s done. I hope it brings a smile to your face!
Well, I’m back at it again! This winter seems to have flown by, and I’ve hardly been in the studio. I could make excuses, but I’m not going to. I’m just going to get back to creating!
This little guy is called a Tufted Titmouse. I am really not sure who came up with the name for this bird! Yes, he is tufted. But no, he is not a mouse and he doesn’t have…. Well, you know what I mean!