Enchanting Woods

Temperatures are cooling and it’s getting dark sooner here, but despite that, Autumn is still my favorite season. That also means Halloween is coming up, and although I don’t go for all the scary, gory decorations or movies, there are still fun ways to celebrate.

Enchanting Woods
Enchanting Woods

Even though this tutorial by Lindsay Weirich was taught with oil pastels, I tried it with soft pastels and enjoyed the process very much. Rather than haunted woods, I like to think these woods are enchanted with all the delightful things we can imagine. Hope you are doing well, and thanks for reading!

Draw A Bird Day, July 2021

Years ago we had two parakeets that my young daughter named Sky and Daffodil. Can you guess which is which? 🙂

Parakeets
Parakeets

Nowadays we keep our birding interests directed to the feathered friends outdoors. Speaking of outdoors, July has not let us down with oppressive heat and humidity. Hope you are staying cool in your part of the world. Take care!

Draw A Bird, June 2021

One of the most exciting signs of spring and summer to me is when the hummingbirds migrate north and return to our feeders.

Hummingbird Homecoming
Hummingbird Homecoming

Hummingbirds have a very high metabolism and must eat all day long just to survive. They feed every 10-15 minutes and visit 1,000-2,000 flowers each day. Besides nectar from flowers and feeders, hummingbirds eat small insects, beetles, ants, aphids, gnats, mosquitoes, and wasp. That reminds me, it’s time to freshen up the sugar water in our feeders. Do you have hummers in your area?

Cherries Jubilee

This is the second painting in the watercolor series for my kitchen. Again, I learned some fun techniques from Vivian at Art with Viv, and this is one of the largest pieces I’ve ever painted.

Cherries Jubilee
Cherries Jubilee

I’m currently working on the third painting in this series and plan to have it finished soon. I’m excited to get them matted, framed, and hung on the wall. I hope your part of the world is starting to enjoy some bits of normalcy regarding the pandemic and that you are doing well. Thanks for stopping by!

Draw A Bird, May 2021

Hello there, and happy May! Springtime is in full bloom, and because we recently moved to a new home, it’s exciting to watch the new-to-us trees, bushes, and flowers bursting with life.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Have you ever seen a kingfisher in the wild? They are quite wonderful to observe as they go about their fishing activities. This fellow had a successful fishing expedition and looks like he’s going to have a full belly after savoring his lunch. Thanks for stopping by, and be well!

Draw A Bird Day, April 2021

April 8 is the official Draw A Bird Day, so to celebrate I am showcasing two paintings completed at the end of 2020. I enjoy painting cardinals because they are such colorful, striking birds, and I was hopeful to express their curiosity.

Curious Cardinal, Female
Curious Cardinal, Female
Curious Cardinal, Male
Curious Cardinal, Male

I hope all is well with you and that temperatures are warming up where you live. Thanks for stopping by, and be well!