Meet Sadie

This is Sadie, a rescue that belongs to my daughter-in-law and son, which makes her my granddog 🙂

Meet Sadie
Meet Sadie

Sadie’s bark is much bigger than her bite, and although she is a large-sized pooch, she thinks she is a lap dog and loves to cuddle. I enjoyed the challenge of painting her lighter fur colors and hope Maura was happy with Sadie’s portrait for her birthday gift. Happy birthday, Maura! ❤

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!

Dragonfly

This dragonfly closeup was a bit unsettling to paint, but once I got past its hairy face and thorny legs, I was drawn by its beautiful color variations that look gorgeously iridescent in the sunlight.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Thanks to an awesome photographer, Lawrence Splitter, for generously sharing this photo on Photos For Artists!

 

Bird – Common Merganser

This duck is an adult female Common Merganser.  I don’t recall ever seeing such a duck near where I live, but they were abundant on our visit to Glacier National Park last year.

Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

The Common Merganser has a long bill with serrated edges and a hooked tip to help grip slippery fish, a favorite food.  Isn’t her spiky hairdo so stylish?  🙂