Category Archives: how to paint birds

The owl that winked at me

I just love it when I’m on the hunt for something specific, say a bamboo grove, and my searching leads me to a website with other items (fine figures) that simply command my attention, things I would have looked for … Continue reading

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Sentinel of the swamp: great blue heron

For years a highlight of my working week was heading to the lake on Friday night or early Saturday morning. One of the things I most looked forward to was spying our lakeside ‘greeter’, usually perched on one leg on … Continue reading

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Painting bitty birds in a flock

‘Not walking in those shoes’ I say to myself as I pass by all those stacks and racks of adult coloring books popping up in stores like puffballs on the lawn after rain.   My granny’s advice not to judge another … Continue reading

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The whole bird: painting eagle

One summer I spent endless hours up a ladder scraping and sanding log siding at our cabin on Lake of the Woods. Some days I had a CD playing for distraction, but most often I relied on the almost continuous … Continue reading

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Flying high: painting eagle

“Majestic in flight, regal in appearance, dignified in manner; its hunting is like that of the noble falcons—clean, spirited and dashing. “ Thus wrote American ornithologist Arthur Bent in his 21-volume encyclopedia on North American birds back in 1937. The … Continue reading

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Hung out to dry: the cormorant

No other bird displays quite as many quirky bits as does the cormorant. Its beak has a distinctive downward curl at the tip, its neck in profile while flying is not a smooth curvy line but rather a zig-zagging stroke, … Continue reading

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Out of the blue: the Common Loon

While my compositions on deep navy blue paper were drying I was inspired to consider other potential night scenes. The white plum blossoms framed in a small white metallic frame sat on an easel nearby; I knew I would tackle … Continue reading

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