Last month I painted a juvenile wood duck, and as I was posting, I decided to paint an adult male wood duck for October’s unofficial Draw A Bird Day (the 8th of every month). What a handsome subject he is!
Isn’t his headdress something else? I enjoyed mixing so many colors in this painting, and because October has been flying by so far, I didn’t realize it was the 8th until a couple of hours ago! Thankfully, our days have become more fall like (we had unseasonable 90s until about a week ago – ugh), and the leaves have started to change colors. Autumn is my favorite time of year with cooler mornings and evenings, yet afternoons can still reach up into the high 70s or even 80 degrees. Sweater weather is awesome in my book! What’s your favorite season?
Here is a colorful young Carolina duck, also called a wood duck, but he hasn’t quite grown his impressive headdress yet. Still, he has stunning feathers and eye colors.
That just gave me the idea for next month — I’ll paint a close up of the adult male to track the progression of its cool hairdo (feather-do?). I can’t believe how the summer is flying by and hope yours has been great so far!
Our summer had been going along simply and relaxing when, in July, my daughter bought a condo. There was a lot of painting and readying for about a month and everything turned out beautifully! By mid August she finally moved in with her cousin, Katie, as her roommate and thereby officially making my husband and me empty nesters.
In the meantime, during my weekly art class I had been working on this painting. As it was being finished, I decided to give it to them as a housewarming gift. I thought this subject was so simple, summery, and feminine, and it looks perfect hanging in their dining room. Congratulations to Carrie and Katie, and may they make many fun memories together in their new place! PS: Thanks to everyone who helped the girls with painting, furniture, preparing, moving, etc. – they could not have done it without you!!
My friend, Kim, is a whiz at anything having to do with a needle and thread and has made award-winning quilts and other textile pieces. Recently, she helped me out with a sewing project and happened to need something new and cheerful to hang in her house, so we bartered our skills. Because she grows lovely orchids, I thought this subject would be perfect.
We both love our new pieces! Have you ever bartered with a friend? If so, what did you exchange?
I’m a bit late in posting this bird; I posted it on Instagram on the 8th but am just now getting around to posting here. Cattle Egrets are native to Africa but somehow reached northeastern South America in 1877. They continued to spread, arriving in the United States in 1941 and nesting here by 1953.
I’ve been working on some larger pieces lately and will share those soon. Hope your August is going well!
World Watercolor Month has come to an end, but I hope you enjoyed following along as much as I enjoyed painting each day’s prompt.
Day 29 – Glorious Green
Day 30 – Wild Thing
Day 31 – Favorite Color (all shades of blue)
Seeing the work of other artists and their interpretations of the prompts has been inspiring! Thanks, Charlie, for hosting the event, and I hope it raised the much-needed funds for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!
Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.
Here we are at week four of World Watercolor Month. It is flying by!
Day 22 – Rainforest
Day 23 – Beach Fun
Day 24 – Treats (Macarons)
Day 25 – Shades of Pink
Day 26 – Natural Wonders (Beach, Ocean, Sunset)
Day 27 – Fruit
Day 28 Metallic
Only a few more to go!
Again, here’s a little more info on
World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra
Foundation. This is a charity providing support so that
children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop
their creativity in the arts.
Thanks for stopping by!