I just love these chubby little birds! This one makes me laugh because he’s so round, he looks like a Christmas ornament with a bird stuck on top! I always know that winter is arriving soon when these cuties arrive in our yard.
A clarion call is a strongly expressed demand or request for action. This crow chose the top of a dead tree to express his demands. His requests were not completely clear, but maybe he was trying to tell us humans to clean up our acts.
This is a torn paper collage on gallery-wrapped canvas, with gold acrylic paint highlights.
Moving from the graphite version of this fine fellow, I decided to do a watercolour study this time. As if often does with me, it turned into a bit of mixed media piece. So, here we have watercolour, a tiny touch of ink, some watersoluble graphite, and just a smidge of gouache. As always, my camera has washed out the blue background some. It’s more vibrant in real life.
Next up will be the seagull in watercolor. At least, that’s my intention! Who knows? And then all three of these birds will get the collage treatment.
This is a watercolour version of the sketch I did of the Great Blue Heron fishing on the coast of Nova Scotia. I painted this on a 5 X 7″ scrap of unknown watercolour paper. For some reason, the paint did some funky stuff at the top, I’ve decided I kind of like the added texture! I’ve called this Good Catch, because he caught that little slippery eel so easily.
Almost halfway through my goal of painting/drawing/collaging 100 birds! Today, I’ve done another pencil and water soluble graphite sketch. This time it’s a gull sitting on a seaweed covered rock. These guys were experts at finding and eating little crabs that got caught in the tidal pools.
Here’s another of my Nova Scotia friends. This guy (or gal) had a favourite perch on the top of a dead tree. He liked to tell everyone about it. Every day. Loudly!
This is another graphite sketch, done just for me! (And to share here.) I’m probably going to explore these further, using mixed media or collage, or maybe watercolour!
On the beach by the cottage we stayed at on the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia, we saw many Great Blue Herons at low tide every morning. I got a lot of pictures, but I think my favourite was this one catching a small eel. I’m trying to wake up my art muse, so I’m going to do some sketches in my sketchbook. This one was done with graphite, both solid and water soluble.
I’m back! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. I was enjoying summer, then was on vacation in Nova Scotia, and all of a sudden it’s October! In between all of that I took on a commission to do three mini 4X4″ collages. Thankfully, my friend and client was understanding, because these seemed to take me forever to do! I had already done a summery flower collage, and she wanted three more to represent the other seasons.
I decided on a cardinal for winter and a blue jay for fall. Spring was a trio of tulips. (They started out as daffodils, but I couldn’t get them to look daffodilly enough!)
This tiny female Ruby Throated Hummingbird has patiently made a nest lined with spider’s web and other soft materials for her itsy bitsy eggs.
Mini Mommy was painted with mostly watercolor, with a bit of ink and acrylics, on artist quality watercolour paper which is acid free
I find these birds so striking with their funky feather crowns. They have superior fish-catching skills, making them the Fisher Kings!
According to AllAboutBirds.org, this is a female. “Females are blue-gray with a chestnut belly-band and flanks.” The males don’t have the colourful belly-band, which I find unusual, since most male birds are more colorful than their female counterparts.