Sometimes I like to follow along with tutorials because then I don’t have to do so much planning. These berries and branches were inspired by a Skillshare class, and I plan to cut them down and make them into greeting card toppers.
I plan to get a lot of use out of Skillshare this fall and winter because of staying in more. It’s a great way to learn new things or just paint along for the fun of it.
I’ve never seen one of these beauties but upon investigation found that it is because I’ve not been looking in the right places. Cedar Waxwings can be seen in flocks year-round, usually in tall cedar or other fruit-bearing trees. They are quite social and it is rare to see one by itself. Cedar waxwings flock together in trees and swallow berries whole, but they also fly over water for insects in warmer weather. These birds are named for their red wax-like wing tips and their preferred trees.
Maybe if I offer fruit at the bird feeders early this spring, one might wander by. It’s worth a try!
Creating 31 watercolors in 31 days seems a little daunting, but keeping up so far has been fun. I’ll start here with Day 2 because Day 1 had it’s own post.
Day 2-Delicious Food
Day 3-Primary Colors
Day 4-Fourth of July Sparkler
Day 5-Shades of Blue
Day 6-Simple Things
Day 7-Playing Games
I post daily on Instagram, but in order not to flood email inboxes, a weekly recap seems to be the best option. Also, because many of the daily prompt challenges are painted very simply, recapping a week at a time might be more pleasing to the eyes. 🙂 However, I’ll probably do singleton posts intermittently throughout the month, too.
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.
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Didn’t know I could sing, did you? Well, it can barely be called singing, but this time of year has me caroling every day. Actually, December is my birthday month and that is why my parents named me Carol, although the name Holly was a close contender. But I digress . . .
Holly leaves and berries
Holly is a popular decoration at Christmastime and dates back to pagan celebrations of the winter solstice. As Christianity was introduced, the prickly leaves of the holly plant represented the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries represented the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus for our salvation. Also, it is said that the leaves resemble flames to remind us of God’s burning love for His people.
Holly berries are a great source of food for birds and other outdoor wildlife but are toxic to humans and pets, so it is best to keep real holly berries outside. However, the leaves make excellent wreaths and sprigs that last quite a while. Fa la la la la!