|Cardinal, adult male|
Keeping our bird-feeder filled is a task -- even in summer when berries, seeds, etc., are readily available. The pay-off is that we have a wide variety of feathered visitors stopping by for a snack. Photographing birds is an exercise in patience, but I've been surprised at how many stay within range of my lens long enough for me to capture a few images.
The male cardinal in the photo at right was a regular visitor a few summers ago, and although somewhat shy, seemed almost proud of remaining within focus for a few minutes.
In my watercolor sketch, I took a few liberties with the setting -- adding some blue sky for contrast -- but tried to capture his leafy hide-away.
|"Male Cardinal" 6" x 6" SOLD|
|Goldfinch, adult male (right) with female Tufted Titmouse (left)|
My goal was to get a good look at the coloration and shape of the goldfinch's beak, and then create a watercolor sketch that was reasonably faithful to the real thing. In the painting, I eliminated the bird-feeder and perched the finch on the edge of a large ceramic saucer that we fill with water for the birds.
|Goldfinch, adult male|
|Half-way through the process..|
|"Goldfinch" 7.5" x 5.5"|
Recently, several Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks showed up late one afternoon. I hadn't seen any of these for decades. I immediately thought of my grandmother, who was diligent about feeding the birds and who taught me the names of many of them.
|Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, adult male|
|Young male Grosbeak, fed by adult male|
He was perched at the feeder along with a young male, and I learned that adult males often feed their younger counterparts.
|Early in the process...|
|Tree branch sketched in...|
|"Rose-Breasted Grosbeak" 5.5" x 7.5"|