Sunday, January 30, 2011
There are many kinds of lovebirds of different colors. What characterizes them is how much time they spend sitting close to each other and the fact that they remain a faithful pair for life. I love the way they nuzzle their heads together - so sweet.
This painting sold as soon as I listed it! So it's no longer available. But you can see more of my bird paintings in my Etsy shop: JanetZeh.Etsy.com. Thanks for stopping by today. Perhaps I'll have to paint more lovebirds... Pin It
Friday, January 28, 2011
If you notice, there is no snow. We've been getting so much of it here, I decided it would be nice to get away from it for a bit and paint an early Spring scene. Though these birds occasionally show up at feeders in the winter months here, normally we see them in the warmer weather.
I've matted this original watercolor painting in a 5"x7" mat and protected it with a crystal clear sleeve so it's ready to display as is or in a 5"x7" frame.
You can see larger pictures and purchase Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in my Etsy shop, JanetZeh.Etsy.com.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
At any rate, here are a couple of Snowbirds who did not care to make the trip to Florida and points South. We'll call them Jack and Jill Junco. They are braving the subzero temps we are having this year and the deep and getting-deeper-all-the-time snow. Jill is on the left having just eaten a yummy seed, and Jack is on the right with one in his mouth. I'll keep my bird feeder filled to make sure this pair makes it through the winter just fine!
The original painting has been sold. You can find more of my original small bird paintings in my Etsy shop, JanetZeh.Etsy.com.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The barred owl is one I hear often when the weather is warmer and the windows are open at night. It has a distinctive series of hoots that end with a downward AW sound.
This large owl is also distinctive because of its deep brown eyes. Most owls have yellow eyes.
I've painted this owl against a midnight sky full of stars. You can see the sky part of the painting in the video demo below.
The original is sold, but you can see more of my bird paintings in my Etsy shop: JanetZeh.Etsy.com.
Several people have told me owls are a favorite bird of theirs. I imagine for every one who says so, there are a number of others who also like them - they're just not sayin'!
The screech owl of North America has two color phases: red-brown and gray. I painted this one in the reddish phase (since I like color). It's rather spooky to hear screech owls at night because they give out a mournful wail. Have you heard them?
See this or others of my bird paintings in my Etsy shop: Zehland.Etsy.com. Thanks for stopping by today!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This poor blue jay looks like he's half buried in the snow. This is a photo I took out my studio window. The jay is actually under the bird feeder. The recent snow has been so fluffy that the birds have packed it down. It makes a fun picture, don't you think?
Now you know why I've been painting the bird series. I can see them at the feeder from my easel and they are very inspiring!Pin It
nuthatch on a snowy tree. Nuthatches run up and down trees looking for insects in the bark with their strong woodpecker-like bills. They are interesting birds because they will go down the tree headfirst, have you noticed this?
They'll also eat seeds, so they do visit feeders. There are three varieties in North America. In New England, we have the white-breasted bird pictured here and also the smaller red-breasted nuthatch.
If you live in the Southeast U.S., you may have seen the brown-headed nuthatch.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely day! Pin It
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I spent hours walking through the countryside looking for inspiration. I took photos and rummaged through all the pictures I had taken throughout the years. Finally, in desperation, I picked out a photo of an interesting tree in the snow and, putting myself in front of a canvas, picked up a pencil to draw a scene. Sometimes that is the best way to do things. I believe that if I just put myself in front of a project, things will happen. I just have to show up.
And so this is the story of "Winter Day". After I began the painting, we had a major snowstorm - 22 inches of the stuff. That, along with the birds at the feeder outside my window, helped with the inspiration!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'll spot them sitting in the bush eating berries throughout the day. They come back every day until the berries are gone.
This year, I've also noticed juncos eating the berries, so it appears they have some competition.
In this painting, two white-throated sparrows sit on snowy branches surrounded by yummy berries.
~Thanks for stopping by. If you have snow where you are, I hope you can enjoy it! Check my Etsy shop: JanetZeh.Etsy.com for more small paintings. Pin It
Sunday, January 09, 2011
But it's not surprising, after all. They are really sweet little birds.
The Downy Woodpecker looks like a smaller cousin of the hairy woodpecker which has the same markings, but is larger and has a large bill compared to the Downy's small bill. These two are the only woodpeckers with a white back. The female is identified by the lack of a red patch at the back of her head.
Downy woodpeckers appear occasionally at my bird feeder. Their habitat includes forests and woodlands, river groves and shade trees all of which we have in abundance here.
Thanks for stopping by today to check out our latest bird! If you have any suggestions for bird paintings, please let me know.
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Saturday, January 08, 2011
A wonderful dream story inspired this painting. I've been asking for suggestions for my bird series on Facebook as well as here.
One person wrote that many years ago, she had a dream that a bluebird was flying over her right shoulder as she walked down a street. She said it marked a turning point in her life. Ever since, bluebirds have been her favorite bird.
Bluebirds are a symbol of happiness and good fortune. It's appropriate that a bluebird should mark a new beginning. So I've painted this piece with the glow of dawn just coming up, turning the sky a soft pink hue and named it "A New Day."
The original painting is sold, but contact me if you would like a print or a painting done just for you.
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Friday, January 07, 2011
Two Blue Jays, sit in my crabapple tree on a snowy morning. The crabapples are tart and frozen, but the birds still appreciate them when food is scarce. More snow is expected for the next couple of days, so I've made sure the feeder is filled too.
Thanks for all the suggestions coming in here and on Facebook for birds to paint and you'll be seeing them posted as they're completed.
This one is 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches in a 5"x7" mat. You can see close-up images in my Etsy listing: Blue Jays in a Snowy Crabapple Tree.
Thanks for stopping by and if you're in a snowy or cold locale, stay warm! Pin It
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
It looks like a series of small bird paintings is beginning to take shape. I have a number of 5"x7" white mats with a black inner border and they look great with these small paintings. I'm open to suggestions for birds to paint!
You can find Cardinals in Winter in my Etsy shop, JanetZeh.Etsy.com.
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Monday, January 03, 2011
It's been a while since I've done small daily paintings and I couldn't resist beginning them again.
Here is my first one for 2011 inspired by a couple of sweet little chickadees outside my studio window. They appreciate the black oil sunflower seeds in the birdfeeder. I don't think they eat anything else. They'll pick through the seeds until they find one, then fly off to a branch to peck it open, eat the meat, then wait for their turn to get back to the feeder again.
This little painting is sold, but you can check for others in my Etsy shop, JanetZeh.Etsy.com
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Sunday, January 02, 2011
OK, now that Rex is painted in, it's time to start on Buster. Buster is an energetic dog who loves to chase his orange ball outdoors. Even though the ball will not be in the portrait since it's a close-up, it will be somewhere. Guess where? In his master's hand.
I've chosen a pose for Buster that has a focused look on his face as if he's just waiting for someone to throw that ball!