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!
I can’t get enough of these beautiful birds. That bright orange against the black is so striking! They don’t seem as interested in the oranges we have out for them right now. They must be on to other food, but once in a while one will come and have a quick bit of orangey goodness for desert!
In my part of the world, we’ve been getting lots and lots of rain. It’s nice weather if you’re a duck, but I’m getting a bit tired of it! But here’s a little duckling that would cheer anyone up, even on a cold rainy day. We could have had some of these in our yard if I had let the Mallard pair swimming in the water on top of our pool tarp stick around. I wasn’t too sad to see them go however, as our dog Maggie probably wouldn’t have played nicely with the little hatchlings!
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.