Watercolour Wednesday – The Belted Kingfisher – Bird # 43 of 100.

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.

Fisher Queen
7″ X 5″ watercolor and ink on paper.
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Wild Wednesday! Rose Breasted Grosbeak – Bird #41 of 100

Yeah, I went a little wild with this one! I think the heat is getting to me. It started out innocently enough as a nice watercolour, but I thought it was a bit dull. I started adding different media to it (as I tend to do), and it winded up looking like this. Not sure how I feel about it, and I may do it again, but here it is!

Rose Breasted Grosbeak. 5″ X 7″ Mixed Media on paper.
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Happy Friday! One More Oriole – Bird #38 of 100

Here’s one more oriole! The client who bought my last one loved it, but it was in the wrong orientation to fit into her display of other birds. She asked if I could do another, and we could swap them. And of course, I said, “For sure!” So my other watercolor oriole is back home with me, but if anyone wants it, just let me know! Click here to see him.

Watercolor painting of a Baltimore Oriole with pink blossoms in the background.
One More Oriole – Watercolour and Ink on paper. SOLD

Watercolour Wednesday – Chubby Chipping Sparrow – Bird #37 of 100

This little guy was all puffed up on a cool day, making him look quite chubby. I love his pose, because it seems like he’s saying, “Who are you calling chubby??”

These tiny sparrows arrive in the early spring around here. I noticed the other day that they are still around, and they are actually quite bold! One was hopping around my feet while I was filling the feeders, and flew right up to getting something to eat as soon as I hung the feeder back up.

Chubby Chipping Sparrow 4.5 X 6″ Watercolour with touches of ink and coloured pencil.
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Watercolour Wednesday – Chickadee- Bird #36 of 100

I had already done this little sweetie in collage, but decided to try him again but this time in watercolour. I wish we saw them at our feeders, but although I sometimes hear one, I have never actually seen one in our yard. I know you’re out there. Come on over, my little chickadee!

My Little Chickadee 5 X 7 ” Watercolour on paper. SOLD

Orange on Orange – Baltimore Oriole – Bird #34 of 100

As soon as the leaves start popping out on the trees, we put out oranges for the Baltimore Orioles that come up from the south. Soon we hear their melodious song and the first oriole shyly checks out the oranges and the hummingbird feeders. Soon they become very bold and can’t get enough of those luscious oranges!

Orange on Orange 6X6X1.5″ Torn paper collage on canvas SOLD

Mixed Media Monday – Marsh Wren, Bird # 32 of 100

Here is another experiment with mixed media. I wanted to get a deep rich green for the background of this little marsh wren, but wasn’t getting the effects I desired with watercolour. Instead of using acrylics this time to enhance the background, I went for coloured pencil. I found I couldn’t stop myself and added them to the bird also! So this little guy isn’t as loose as I had wanted him to be, but I think he’s cute anyway. You can find him in my Etsy shop HERE, or leave a comment below if you are interested in purchasing this little fellow.

Marsh Wren – Mixed Media 5 X 7″ on paper

Watercolour Wednesday – Bird #25 of 100 – Blackburnian Warbler

I chose this bird because he is such a cutie! I’ve never actually seen one, although they apparently migrate through our neck of the woods.

You can find out more about this little warbler HERE.

I’m a quarter of the way through my 100 birds series!

Blackburnian Warbler – Watercolor and Ink on paper 5 X 7″ $45 CAD plus shipping and handling.
Reference photo courtesy of Rodney Campbell at PaintMyPhoto

Watercolor SATURDAY! Bird #23 of 100 Meadowlark

I’m behind on my Watercolor Wednesdays, so I thought I’d post one on a Saturday! This is a quick little painting that I did yesterday afternoon. He got me out of a bit of a painting block, so I’m grateful for that!

This little songster is a Western Meadowlark. I’ve never seen one, but according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, our area in Southwestern Ontario is part of their breeding grounds.

For more information on this lovely bird, and to hear its song CLICK HERE.

Song of the Meadowlark 5 X 7″ Watercolor and Ink on Paper. SOLD
Reference photo courtesy of Linda Anderson on PaintMyPhoto