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Posts from the ‘Inspiration’ Category

All the Bees

Here are the rest of the bees. There are a couple that I like and a couple that I’m really not happy with and one that’s sort of okay. I won’t tell you my preferences, you can make up your own mind. I’ve used up all the small canvases and it’s time to move on.

The Shop

The Shop 14″ x 11″

This is quite different from my usual paintings. I painted it as a gift for my awesome nephew. Definitely fun to try something new! 

Buzz

Buzz 8″ x 8″

This guy looks a lot like Buzz, a cute border collie that used to come to the office I worked at. He was skilled at loudly announcing visitors and used his protective instincts to keep delivery-men in line. All bark and no bite (except for that one time…). 

The Flock

The Flock 20″ x 16″

I actually had to look up whether a group of sheep is called a herd or a flock. Flock it is!

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.