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 Wednesday – Bird # 24 of 100 – Red-winged Blackbird

When you hear the song of a Red-winged Blackbird, you know you’re in the country, probably near some wetlands. These handsome birds are a favorite of mine. They sometimes come to our feeders along with cowbirds in the summer.

Here is the song of the Red-Winged Blackbird from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Click here

Red-winged blackbird on cattails. Watercolour painting.
Country Music – Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 5″ X 7″ $45 CAD plus shipping and handling.

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

A Different Kind of Robin – Bird #19 of 100

Sometimes paintings work the first time around, and other times it’s a terrible mess. Yes, it’s true. Artists don’t alway make perfect paintings all time time! Sometimes we throw them away in frustration. Sometimes we rip them up and use them as collage material. Most of the time we think we’ve suddenly forgotten how to paint.

This robin was one of those unfortunate paintings. It was a watercolour that had gone terribly wrong. (I seem to be having a lot of these incidents recently!) He (or she) was sitting forlornly on the top of the trash basket in my studio. And I thought, “What the heck, let’s just play with him and see what happens.”

I threw much of my arsenal of media at this bird! I got out the acrylics. I scribbled with colored pencils. I scratched with regular pencils. I tried things with oil pastels. I did it almost angrily. It was quite therapeutic. In the end it still wasn’t perfect, but I kind of like it. It was a very different style and way of working for me. It taught me that when things aren’t going the way you expect, it’s okay to switch gears and go in a different direction.

A Different Kind of Robin – Mixed Media on paper 5.5″ X 7.5″ SOLD
Reference Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash

Watercolor … Thursday! (Oops, missed Wednesday) Birds #9, 10 and 11 of 100

I was busy yesterday and didn’t get a watercolor done, so decided to do a quick one today. We’ve been experiencing quite the weather rollercoaster here. Last week, it was excruciatingly cold, this week rain, freezing rain and chance of thunderstorms this evening. More like something these three friends would enjoy!

Three Amigos – Watercolour and Ink on paper 7″ X 5″ SOLD
Reference photo courtesy of Artist Reference Photos on Facebook.


Watercolor Wednesday ~ Bird #8 of 100

Today it is -20 degrees Celsius, sunny but blowing and drifting snow. I’m watching our flag whip in the wind and birds huddled under the feeder.

It’s on days like this I daydream about going wherever these little birds go in the winter. It’s got to be better than this!

Here’s a little Ruby Throated Hummingbird. We are always so thrilled when they come to visit in the summer. They are so fiesty! They fight each other to get at the feeder, and even take on the yellow jackets in the early fall.

If you look closely at this painting, you can see where I applied some iridescent paint over top of the watercolor to make his feathers shine. This is a tiny ACEO (art trading card). He’ll soon be available in my Etsy shop, but you can pick him up now!

Bejewelled – Watercolor and Acrylic and Ink on paper. 3.5″ X 2.5″
$12.00 CAD unmatted

Watercolor Wednesday – Bird #7 of 100

Winter has Finally Arrived!

We finally got a taste of winter here in Southwestern Ontario this past weekend. While I’m not a big fan of the white stuff, I have to admit to enjoying the cozy feeling of watching it snow and blow while warm and snug inside.

I painted this fellow a couple of weeks ago at a painting play date at my friend’s house. Thank you, Char, for letting me experiment with your vibrant Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolours! They sure helped make this guy stand out!

It’s always a thrill to see a brilliant red cardinal, especially against a snowy backdrop. We all need a bit of colour in the wintertime! While most cardinals get all puffed up in the snow, this guy seems to be showing off his trim figure. I’ve decided to call him “Slim”.

Bright red cardinal sitting on a branch with snow falling. Watercolor and ink on paper.
“Slim” Watercolour and Ink on Paper 7 X 5″ SOLD
Reference photo courtesy of PaintMyPhoto

Watercolor Wednesday ~ Bird #4 of 100

We really enjoy watching the little nuthatches when they come to eat at our suet feeders. They are great acrobats and hang upside down and sideways to get at the food. This is a little female, and she has a good grip on that branch!

Little Acrobat
Watercolor and Ink on paper. 7″ X 5″ $45 CAD

Watercolor Wednesday ~ Bird #2 of 100.

I’ve only seen this elusive little bird twice in my life, and for only a few seconds each. This is an Indigo Bunting, a tiny brilliant blue bird about the size of a sparrow, or smaller. The first time I saw it was when I was very young, at Rondeau Provincial Park in Ontario. The second time, was a few years ago in my backyard, perched on the fence around our pool and just long enough for me to say, “Oh!” and he was gone.

He’s another contender for the Twitter Art Exhibit. I like this little guy so much, I think I’ll do him again in collage and in a different setting. Stay tuned!

Indigo Bunting in Spring 16cm X 12cm Watercolour and Ink on paper $30.00 CAD