Draw A Bird, October 2021

Hi Friends! This month’s bird was painted using a quick, loose method taught by Tom Shepherd of https://www.tomshepherdart.com/. It’s fun to switch up techniques and learn something new; however, I still fiddle and sometimes want to add too much detail, even though this technique does not need many details.

Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal

We’ve been enjoying the cooler weather of autumn, my favorite season. The leaves haven’t started changing here yet but should soon. What is your favorite season?

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!

Draw A Bird, December 2019

I love watching the cardinals in the back yard this time of year. They really stand out against the starkness of the winter landscape and just make me happy.

Cardinal
Cardinal

My parents have a cardinal that sits on their windowsill and looks in at them when it wants a treat. Sometimes it will hang on the mailbox and look in their front door at them! Pretty smart if you ask me. I gave this little painting to my Mom for her birthday to remind her of the funny antics nature has to offer. ❤

Draw A Bird Day, December 2018

This one is named Morning Has Broken.

Morning Has Broken, Female Cardinal

Morning Has Broken, Female Cardinal

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!

A Yellow Cardinal?

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.

Yellow Cardinal

Yellow Cardinal

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!

Red Bird, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Today’s prompt also coincides with the unofficial Draw A Bird Day for the month.  I love how the bright red cardinals really pop against the sometimes drab, brown winter landscape, but when there is snow on the ground they look even prettier!

Cardinal (Red Bird) in Watercolor

Cardinal (Red Bird) in Watercolor

We haven’t had any snow yet this year but are expecting some today.  Hopefully it won’t be enough to cause any travel problems but maybe just enough to stick on the grass and trees – that would be nice.