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, 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 Day, July 2021

Years ago we had two parakeets that my young daughter named Sky and Daffodil. Can you guess which is which? 🙂

Parakeets
Parakeets

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!

Tomatoes and Peas, Please

This colorful painting is the third in a series, and now I’m ready to mat and frame it along with the berries and cherries paintings for the kitchen. After experimenting with mat colors this weekend, hopefully they’ll be matted and framed in the next couple of weeks.

Tomatoes and Peas, Please
Tomatoes and Peas, Please

This painting is based on another tutorial led by artist, Vivian Cooper. She’s a wonderful teacher and explains in detail how she evolves her paintings. She teaches newcomers as well as intermediate and advanced students, so if you’ve ever thought about trying out watercolor, you should check out her website!

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?

Fresh Fruit

Tis the season . . . for fresh fruits to taste even fresher! My favorites are blueberries, and adding just-picked blueberries to my morning yogurt is a delight!

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit

This was painted following a tutorial by Vivian Cooper from Art with Viv, who has the most fabulous tutorials on her website. My husband and I moved to a new home in January but still have no artwork hung, so I’m working diligently on a series for the kitchen. This is the first one of a trio.

Hope you are enjoying some warmer temps and sunshine in your area. Once we get through the imminent cicada invasion, I’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors a little easier. Thanks for stopping by, and take care!

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!