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Posts tagged ‘wildlife’

Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee 8″ x 8″

I clearly have a thing for Chickadees, since this is the third one I’ve painted recently. I’m pretty happy with how they’ve turned out. And even happier that one has sold!  

Starling

Starling 8″ x 8″

Once again I was challenged by the shiny, shimmery, iridescence of feathers. I was trying to capture all of the colours that were reflected back from his feathers, but also wanted to show how shiny he was. I don’t think I succeeded (but I like how the head turned out).

 

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird 8″ x 8″

After my previous hummingbird fail, I wasn’t sure how this one would go. I find the shiny iridescent feathers difficult to paint. What colour do I choose for something that looks green and orange at the same time? Keeping it simple works best for me. Paint less colours instead of more, and let your imagination fill in the rest.    

Robin

Robin 8″ x 8″

Three Sparrows

Three Sparrows 8″ x 8″

More birds! Prints are available on Etsy.

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:

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.

 

Barn Swallows

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

Mallard Duck 8″ x 8″

Painting a duck makes you realize how shiny they are. Tricky to capture.

Junco

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.