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, September 2021

Hi Friends! This summer has been quite busy, and I’ve had to budget my time to accomplish some painting. That said, this little white dove was painted very quickly because Draw A Bird Day for September crept up on me!

Dove
Dove

I’ve been working on some larger pieces in my once-a-week art class and hope to get posts written for those throughout the month. Thank you spending a few moments here with me and be well!

Draw A Bird, August 2021

My goodness, the summer is flying by! Today’s bird is a Dark-Eyed Junco, otherwise known as a Snowbird. We moved into our new home in January, and this little bird was the first to greet us at our feeders. Even though we moved only two miles from our previous house, I don’t remember ever seeing them at our feeders before.

Curiously, we’ve not seen any this spring or summer and have since learned that Snowbirds migrate north during this time of year (just like human “snowbirds” who go to warmer southern states in the winter and return home in the spring).

Snowbird, aka Dark-Eyed Junco
Snowbird, aka Dark-Eyed Junco

Most of my friends enjoy the summer, but with the 90-degree temps and high humidity forecasted for the next week, I’m looking forward to the change of season into autumn, which is my favorite season of all. I hope you are staying safe and have been well.

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?

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!