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.
Yes, more birds. Only smaller this time.
Here’s something to brighten up our grey winter. And I finally remembered to take a photo of my work at the Corner Cup.
I see lots of these guys in the park, usually foraging under the bushes. Easy to recognize with their beady orange eyes.
I did something different with the background here. I’m not sure if I like it, or if it looks like some crazy 70’s wallpaper.
Here come the birds. I am very lucky to live in a place where birds stay year-round. Lots of ideas and inspiration for little bird paintings to come.
When I look at the paintings I’ve completed over the past year or so, I notice a trend. I seem to be going back to the subject matter that I loved throughout my childhood and teens. Horses, pets, birds and wildlife. It hasn’t been intentional. They are fun, and one leads to the next until I have a series of animals.
It’s fun to compare the new to the old. This is a sketch from many years ago.
The boy in this meadow is my son. This is how the meadow looks in the spring with lupines and buttercups blooming. It’s full of birds, insects and frogs, which makes it one of his favourite places.
I had some trouble with this painting. It is an overcast day and the lighting is very flat. I am used to adding dimension with highlights and shadows, but in this picture they are very subtle. I’m not sure I succeeded with this painting – something to keep working on I guess.