No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you and my red paint has not gone missing. I’ve seen numerous photos of yellow cardinals on social media sites these past few weeks and was intrigued to find out more about this bird.
In a nutshell, if you are lucky enough to spot such a rare bird, here is the reason for the color differences. A yellow cardinal (aka yellow morph) lacks an enzyme that converts yellow pigments in food into the red pigments in the feathers of the common northern cardinal. Have you ever seen one of these beauties? Evidently they have been found throughout the United States, so be on the lookout!
This dragonfly closeup was a bit unsettling to paint, but once I got past its hairy face and thorny legs, I was drawn by its beautiful color variations that look gorgeously iridescent in the sunlight.
Thanks to an awesome photographer, Lawrence Splitter, for generously sharing this photo on Photos For Artists!
Today’s prompt is one of my favorite subjects – shells.
Thanks to Bianca Andersson for the terrific reference photo.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Today’s prompt is squirrel, one of my favorite animals that scamper through the backyard. They are silly and entertaining and especially skilled at getting a few morsels from our squirrel-proof bird feeder. I figure if they work that hard at it, they are welcome to munch on the few seeds they manage to get.
Special thanks to Russ Bridges for sharing his skilled reference photos so freely with artists; he did a wonderful job capturing this squirrel!
We have a local urban farm that sells fresh eggs, raw honey, and a myriad of honey-based products. Their aviary boasts many varieties of hens and roosters, quail, and even peacocks. While there I inquired about these small brown speckled eggs; the owner explained that they were quail eggs and put a few into my bag of purchases.
Although a bit foreign to me, many folks find quail eggs to be a delicacy, but I find them to be an excellent subject to paint. The brown egg in the back is a large chicken egg for size perspective.
This duck is an adult female Common Merganser. I don’t recall ever seeing such a duck near where I live, but they were abundant on our visit to Glacier National Park last year.
Female Common Merganser
The Common Merganser has a long bill with serrated edges and a hooked tip to help grip slippery fish, a favorite food. Isn’t her spiky hairdo so stylish? 🙂
Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, and I love how their colors pop in the drab, brown winter landscape.
Cardinal on a Snowy branch
A friend posted this photo on her Facebook, so to thank her for inspiring my painting, I am going to send it to her in the mail. Hope she likes it!