The bobwhite is a type of quail that lives in open fields and brushy boarders. Unfortunately, the bobwhite population has decreased by almost 85% over the last many years, thought to be due to the use of pesticides and habitat loss.
These ground birds roost in “coveys” of 3 or more in a close-packed, outward-facing circle, their tails pointed toward the center, providing them with protection and warmth. If you’ve ever heard a bobwhite call, you’d know it right away because it sounds like they clearly are saying “bob-white.”
How has your August been? It is hot and humid here, but in the next month or so I am looking forward to cooler autumn temperatures. Take care ❤
Gosh, how quickly a month rolls around. I’ve had the itch lately to do some early spring cleaning and purging around the house, which has eaten into my art time!
At least I’ve been going to my weekly art club and started a series of animal paintings. I am working on water animals first, starting with this paddling penguin. These birds make me smile with their funny antics and quick underwater maneuvers.
Hope your winter has been gentle in all ways, and here’s hoping spring is right around the corner (and that I am almost finished with the spring cleaning!).
This is a special chipmunk card I painted as a birthday greeting for my sister-in-law, Julie.
She enjoys watching the chipmunks in her yard as much as I enjoy watching our squirrels, and I’ve painted a chipmunk for her each January for many years now (I’ve lost count). Julie, I hope your birthday is extra special this year!
WordPress alerted me that this week marks the sixth year since my first blog post, aka a blogiversary. The first few years were dedicated mostly to my beloved card making papercraft, and while I still enjoy making cards, I now spend more time working on my watercolor skills and techniques.
Because this blog began with card making, it seems fitting to share what I made last week at a craft retreat.
These cards were made with stamps that are pieced together to create little vignettes suitable for card fronts. They are “inked” with waterbased markers and then “watercolored” around the edges of the images with a damp brush to give them a painterly look.
Really, these stamps were probably a gateway into my wanting to paint on a bigger scale, and it’s fun to go back and use them every so often.
Thanks to everyone who follows my blog and especially those who have taken time to leave a like or a comment.
I’ve found that followers/bloggers are some of the sweetest, most encouraging and passionate folks and am glad to have gotten to know so many of you over the years. Here’s to a seventh year of blogging and creativity!
This is Sadie, a rescue that belongs to my daughter-in-law and son, which makes her my granddog 🙂
Sadie’s bark is much bigger than her bite, and although she is a large-sized pooch, she thinks she is a lap dog and loves to cuddle. I enjoyed the challenge of painting her lighter fur colors and hope Maura was happy with Sadie’s portrait for her birthday gift. Happy birthday, Maura! ❤
It’s been quite cold here, and watching our backyard birds is such a relaxing pastime, albeit from the warmth of the family room rather than the screened porch. This weekend we will put out some oranges and meal worms and maybe get some new visitors at the feeders. However, I think the cardinals will always be my favorite. Have a great weekend!