Tag Archives: birds

Watching Birds in Snow

These birds were actually pecking around in the snow under a bird feeder, but their random order and little shadows were intriguing. This was done en plein air—but not outside so I wouldn’t cause the birds to fly off. In winter I have feeders visible from just about every window. Watching the birds gather, mill […]

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The Mourning Doves Are Biding Their Time

The sun is shining, the deep cold is lifting, and the mourning doves are just sitting quietly taking it all in. What do doves do all day? Just kind of hang out waiting for something to happen? The doves always seem to have some purpose beyond just sitting there, but sit they will for hours, […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Accent

Cardinals brighten my back yard all year round, and are especially brilliant on a snowy day. My back yard is a registered Backyard Wildlife Habitat and I have let brush and brambles fill in at the corners; this cardinal is in a tangle of wild grapevines with a fresh fall of snow. This was done […]

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Backyard Birds Holiday Greetings, Set

I truly love winter paintings because the light is wonderful without the shadows from trees, the reflections from the snow illuminating shadowed areas with soft purples and blues, and the patterns made by bare branches are mesmerizing. This set of four paintings of birds are ones I’d done “from life”, actually standing at a window […]

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A Walk to the Grocery Store

Some of my favorite photos ever, from last year on this day. I dropped my car off for inspection at a station just blocks from my house and took a morning walk from there to the grocery store on that dark and foggy morning. The sun rose and the fog lifted as I walked through […]

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Some Photos From Today

Do I choose to drop off my car for service on a day when I’m sure to find interesting things to photograph? Or are they always there to be found? Really I don’t like to drop my car off for service any day but finding interesting things on the walk back home eases the financial […]

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#30PaintingsIn30Days Review, #30in30

Well, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do a painting for each of the 30 days, but I did 14 new paintings, and they were 14 ideas I’d been wanting to paint for a while, so I consider that a success, for me. I had five more planned, but things get in […]

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The Mourning Doves Are Biding Their Time

Something about the light today, this bright overcast with nearly all the leaves suddenly gone, the birds sitting very still in the bare trees, reminds me of this pencil drawing inspired by such a day. What do doves do all day? Just kind of hang out waiting for something to happen? The doves always seem […]

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Greetings From Our Backyard Birds

“That would make a great card!” That’s usually how I decide which of my paintings or photos will end up as a greeting card or note card, following the advice of someone’s suggestion. When it comes to my birds, many of the paintings and photos are from winter, when the birds are simply easier to […]

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Greetings From Our Backyard Birds

“That would make a great card!” That’s usually how I decide which of my paintings or photos will end up as a greeting card or note card, following the advice of someone’s suggestion. When it comes to my birds, many of the paintings and photos are from winter, when the birds are simply easier to […]

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