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.
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.
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!
These cute little sparrows with their white and black crowns surprise me every spring when they arrive in our yard. I always say, “Hey, those aren’t regular sparrows!” They don’t eat from the feeders, but hop along underneath picking up what’s left over.
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.
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.
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!