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 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.
Barn Swallows 8″ x 8″
I hadn’t intended on making this so pink. It just happened. After looking at it for a week, I think I’m okay with it.
Mallard Duck 8″ x 8″
Painting a duck makes you realize how shiny they are. Tricky to capture.
Junco 8″ x 8″
I’m already seeing lots of these guys and it’s not even spring yet!
Here are my birds (and my tree) on display at Stock Home Design at 3060 West Broadway, Vancouver.
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.
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.
Tiny Paintings 3″ x 3″
Here are three more. For sale on Etsy.
Northern Flicker 8″ x 8″ Available on Etsy.
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.