Lesser Goldfinch are common in our yard and have been the subject of many of my paintings. They almost always appear in flocks and it is fun to design a composition around a group of birds together.
I was inspired by the yellow warbers Dave and I saw a few days ago and also by the photos he took. My show titled ‘Birds and a Bee’ opens this week at Viewpoints Gallery, Los Altos, CA, and I have been experimenting adding bees to my bird paintings.
Hooded Orioles have been nesting near our yard and visiting our feeders all summer. They needed to be painted.
My painting of a Black Phoebe was included in a book of poetry with the accompanying poem by
Patricia J. Machmiller-
of the soon-to-be groom
This was my first painting of an American Dipper which was inspired by a visit to Yosemite National Park five years ago. I’ve painted a few since then; I’m inspired every time we come across one in the Sierras.
It was such fun to come across a group of Pygmy Nuthatches on our trip to the Sierras last June. These tiny birds make me smile and needed to be part of a painting.
This is a paintings I’m just finishing up. House finches are common in our area and they are fun to work with in paintings. In this piece I played with them among eucalyptus leaves which also have reddish accents.
I don’t have many paintings of sparrows and had to go back a few years to find this one of House Sparrows. These are not my favorite bird but it is fun to watch them in the restaurant eating area behind my gallery in Los Altos.
I don’t have any exotic birds to follow Dave’s post but here is a painting of a common bird I recently completed. Snowy Egrets are a great subject to work with and I had fun placing this one amid tangled splashy branches.
This is another painting inspired by a Bewick’s Wren.
Bewick’s Wren’s reside in our year round and I wonder how they feel when the orioles show up in the spring.
Last fall our neighborhood Cooper’s Hawk took to hanging out in the pomegranate tree where he could easily keep track of birds at the feeders.
Wilson’s Warblers arrive in the summer in California and it is a treat to find the first to appear.
This painting was inspired by yellow warblers feasting on wild cherries here in California in the late summer.
This was a painting I did last year after our trip to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge.
I had to go back five years to find a yellowthroat painting. This is a small study done when I was beginning to experiment painting with watercolor on canvas. I guess it’s time to try another.
This is a small acrylic painting made from my hawk sketch and Dave’s photo
Dave has been posting images of the colorful tanagers we saw in Costa Rica. Our local Central California tanager is the Western Tanager. It is no longer in the Tanager family but the name survives. We see these birds in the summer, particularly in the Sierras, when the males have brilliant breeding plumage. They have inspired many paintings.
I did not sketch any sparrows in Costa Rica but here is a painting of related sparrows I did a couple years ago. White-crowned sparrows are in the same genus (Zonotrichia) as the Rufous-collared Dave photographed in Costa Rica. They are super abundant in our yard in the winter.
This is also the first time I’ve tried painting a scarlet macaw! It was amazing to see them in the wild.