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Break Out of Your Shell and Fly

Lately I’ve been painting birds, trying to do them loosely but not very successfully. I get too involved in trying to make them look like what they are.

 

A Song Sparrow singing by the side of the road on my morning walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This spring, a pair of Baltimore Orioles visited my Hummingbird feeder, bypassing the Oriole feeder that was also out. (The Hummingbirds use both feeders.) I put out some oranges and the female was very assertive in not giving up her place to the male.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw a large flock of Tree Swallows down at Grassy Bay just before the bugs got really bad. They flew too fast for me to get a picture of them flying but several of them rested on some reeds and I was able to get a photograph to paint.

 

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Summer Fibrations – 2

These three needle-felted pieces are in the Out of the Box exhibition “Summer Fibrations” currently at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte. They are a little larger than the ones I posted last week. They are 9 X 12 and 12 X 9 inches.

The Trail

The Causeway

Off the Path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are all based on watercolour sketches or paintings that I did of scenes near my cottage in Calabogie.

The show is on until July 6, 2019.

Sheltered Shoreline

I have tried several times to do this type of painting but they have never worked out. This one, done from one of my photographs is the best so far.

I think I used every green in my palette as well as a few mixes.

Spring Tree

The black flies are out but if I keep walking I don’t get bitten, much. Fortunately, Thursday morning, on my early morning walk, I only encountered clouds of non-biting midges. I stopped to sketch this tree with my pen and added watercolour when I returned home.

It looks like many of the branches may be dead as there are no leaves on them. Or maybe this tree is just a little slow.

Singing

I find black animals a challenge to paint. I took a photo of this Red-winged Blackbird a week or so ago.

I used Daniel Smith’s Goethite (Brown Ochre) for the initial wash of the bird as well as in the background. I’ve had this paint in my palette for awhile but haven’t really used it. It’s more black than brown, but I love the granulation. This version is pretty close to the photograph.

Shadows

The snow is beginning to go. There are bare spots in the woods and on my driveway.  The forecast for today is calling for 15 – 20 cm of snow so winter hasn’t given up just yet.

 

I try to paint a snow scene at least once a year. This is my second attempt at this one. It’s from a photo I took a few weeks ago.

Birds of a Feather

The Iguassu Falls Bird Park in Brazil is located beside the National Park containing the falls. I photographed these two macaws when I visited some years ago.

I chose to paint this photograph because of the angles the birds made with their bodies, tails and wings. In my photograph the birds looked grey and black even with adjustments to the brightness. The little bit of turquoise that I could see on one of the bird’s head as well as the yellow eye and mustache enabled me to identify them as Hyacinth Macaws. Further investigations on the internet showed their true colours.

Heron

I always look for the heron whenever I drive or walk by Grassy Bay. He isn’t always easy to see, but  he always seems to be aware of me.

 

This watercolour was painted from a photograph taken during one of my early morning walks.

Out the Back Window

I have two suet feeders because a few years ago one disappeared a week after I put it out. I bought another one and the next spring I found the original one at the edge of the lawn. So I put both out. One at the front of the house and the other hangs just outside the dining room window at the back. The front one is more popular. The back gets most of its activity when the Hairy Woodpecker is occupying the one out front.

This Downy Woodpecker is a frequent visitor to both.

Early Morning Fog

As the days get shorter it is easier to get up with the sun. The fog and the slanted rays from the sun made for some interesting photos. This watercolour was painted from one of them.

 

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