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.
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?
Years ago we had two parakeets that my young daughter named Sky and Daffodil. Can you guess which is which? 🙂
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!
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.
I hope all is well with you and that temperatures are warming up where you live. Thanks for stopping by, and be well!
Last month I painted a juvenile wood duck, and as I was posting, I decided to paint an adult male wood duck for October’s unofficial Draw A Bird Day (the 8th of every month). What a handsome subject he is!
Isn’t his headdress something else? I enjoyed mixing so many colors in this painting, and because October has been flying by so far, I didn’t realize it was the 8th until a couple of hours ago! Thankfully, our days have become more fall like (we had unseasonable 90s until about a week ago – ugh), and the leaves have started to change colors. Autumn is my favorite time of year with cooler mornings and evenings, yet afternoons can still reach up into the high 70s or even 80 degrees. Sweater weather is awesome in my book! What’s your favorite season?
Here is a colorful young Carolina duck, also called a wood duck, but he hasn’t quite grown his impressive headdress yet. Still, he has stunning feathers and eye colors.
That just gave me the idea for next month — I’ll paint a close up of the adult male to track the progression of its cool hairdo (feather-do?). I can’t believe how the summer is flying by and hope yours has been great so far!