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.
I’ve always loved these little clowns of the sea. Their colourful stripey beaks and comical eyes always make me smile.
House finches are a common site at our bird feeders. I just love their rosy red heads and chubby little bodies! This one matches perfectly with the red buds ready to pop open on the branches.
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.
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.
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.
Okay, it started our innocently enough as a watercolor, but it wasn’t speaking to me. It had sat on my work table for almost two months. Yesterday, I got out my small arsenal of acrylic paint, pastel and coloured pencils, and other miscellaneous stuff. Voila! The Scarlet Tanager! It sounds like a superhero name, right? Well, to me it does.
Once again, my camera refused to recognise the deep variations of yummy turquoise in the background. Even my photo editing program couldn’t get it right. So imagine that when you look at this painting, please!