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Posts from the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Black-crowned Sparrow

Black-crowned Sparrow 8″ x 8″

 

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker 8″ x 8″

It has been a long time since my last post. I got stuck on a painting that I just didn’t like. I think there were too many colours and I couldn’t make it work. It sat on my easel for a couple of weeks, then I had to move on. This latest painting goes in the opposite direction – using very muted colour . 

And here is the previous painting that I gave up on:

Blue Jay

Blue Jay 8″ x 8″

While painting this, I was watching this:

And I think that’s when they started winning!

House Sparrow

House Sparrow 8″ x 8″

Obviously, I paint birds because I like them. I love to be able to identify the birds that I see, but other than how they look and sound, I don’t really know much. With each bird I paint, I have been reading a little about each one. I am really enjoying that part of the process. Here’s some bird trivia: House Sparrows always live near humans – often surviving on seeds, livestock feed and human food. You probably see them in your backyard all the time, but you won’t find them in the forest.  

I have lots of bird prints up on Etsy. Take a look!

Steller’s Jay

Steller’s Jay 8″ x 8″

The first time I ever saw a Steller’s Jay was during a visit to BC, before moving here. There was a group of them in a picnic area where we stopped. I was fascinated by their beautiful colour, but nervous about their loud squawking and aggressive swooping. Obviously they were used to people sharing snacks with them. The ones I see around the city these day are much more polite.

 

Robin

Robin 8″ x 8″

While working on this painting, I thought that the grey background might be too dark and dull. But I like how it turned out. The grey makes the orange of the robin pop out. Every painting is an experiment. 

For sale on Etsy.

Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee 8×8

Chickadees are one of the cutest, most cheerful birds around. And they always seem to be so curious and playful. Their little round bodies and happy songs are hard to resist. (Which is why I’ve painted another one, I guess).

House Finch

House Finch 8×8

I don’t see finches very often, so when I do, I feel lucky. As I sit here looking out at the winter rain pouring down, it is nice to think of a warm spring day when I might get to see one again.

For sale on Etsy.

Two or Three Crows

Three Crows 8″ x 8″and Two Crows 3″ x 3″.

A tiny painting can sometimes be a great study for something larger. I painted the 3″ painting with my usual series of tiny paintings for Christmas, then the larger one.

Cardinal

Cardinal 8″ x 8″

Here’s something to brighten up our grey winter. And I finally remembered to take a photo of my work at the Corner Cup.