Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Another charcoal on a sheet of cream colored Mi-Tientes paper (has a rough texture to hold the charcoal). 


Monday, April 23, 2018


Black and white charcoal on 140# coldpress (Arches) paper.

(Think I'll change the one in the back right who looks like a blimp.)

Sending Me Angels

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Almost done but some more color and shaping to do on both birds before it's finished. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018


The Winsor Newton texture medium dried on the branches and I began painting them, paying attention to the colors and lights in the photo.  Added a little Cobalt blue to the background sky while it was wet.

Birds come next!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


From a quick photo taken out the kitchen window, a mama bluejay feeding a baby.  This one shows both of them but not the actual feeding (didn't care that much for that photo as a future painting).

I printed out the photo to 5 x 7 inches and then, taking a half sheet of tracing paper, I drew the image on the tracing paper.  Then traced the drawing onto watercolor paper (a half sheet Arches 140# coldpress).

Before I began painting the background, I used Winsor Newton Texture Medium on the branches to give them more oomph.

After that dried, the background was painted.

Although I'm calling this Blue Jays in Spring, we are not really having spring - or just a few hours in between snow squalls.  This has been the strangest spring season yet for us and one doesn't know whether to put on a coat, a jacket, or a teeshirt.  I guess it could be worse.  We are, at least, not having feet of snow dumped on us (like they are in the northern plains).  I keep thinking spring will come...but what if it doesn't?  I ordered some Heirloom vegetable seeds for my Mom to plant - we may have them late this year as we are still having frost warnings at night.  OK, enough complaining.  I am lucky in so many ways and looking out on the mini-blizzard of snowflakes is actually very beautiful.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Small changes are being made, but it's not changing much.  Perhaps I'll put it away for a while and get it out later to see what it needs.

This is the last iteration.

Think I'll put it aside for now and come back to it another time.  (You can see where I cropped off the edges, lightened some areas with oil pastels.)

Friday, April 13, 2018


Got out my charcoal and conte pencils and sticks and blocks.  Used a fourth sheet of Arches 140# coldpress.

Dark Angel

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


A bright papa red bird (cardinal) in the snow.  

Are we finished with snow yet?  Maybe?

Monday, April 9, 2018


Yes, we got snow again.  Maybe Mother Nature doesn't know it's April?  
Anyway, with snow comes bright red cardinals.  I put out lots of food for them all but the cardinals know how good they look in the snow and are the first ones to arrive.  

Several years ago, I learned that Papa Red cares for the babies after they've fledged out of the nest - he is constantly gathering food and feeding them, and keeping them hidden until they can feed themselves.  What a good Papa!  I'm sure Mama is sharing in the duties but it's that bright red spark of color against the snow that gets the attention = so handsome!