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.
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!
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
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.
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.
With wind warnings and blowing snow, my brain wanted to paint something tropical! So here is this lovely pink flamingo, who I think would be fabulous to see in real life right about now!
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!
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!