Sunday, June 17, 2018

Back to painting!

It's been quiet here for a while! Almost a month since my last blog. Time flies when you're having fun! We were away for a couple of weeks for a drive across the country! It's a big country.... We saw so many beautiful places. I can't wait to get started on all the new ideas for paintings. But for right now I'm still working on birds. A couple of these I did before our trip, but did not post yet, so here they are.

This pink flamingo was in a zoo in the Netherlands that I visited with my friend (she provided the picture). It's not complete without the pink flamingo!

This snow owl is in the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. We visited there earlier in the year. Check it out when you're in the area!

The nuthatch is from a picture by Petra Glorie. Unfortunately the story of the baby birds did not end well in this case. Nature can be cruel, and predators are everywhere.

My son's girlfriend made the picture of the barn swallows. We stood watching them as the parents flew in and out every few minutes. They were flying like acrobats while catching insects around us on the grass field. They are fast! It was fun to watch those beaks pop open at every prospect of food!

I made some bird pictures while in Yellowstone. They were stuffed birds at the information center, but hey, it works. This magpie was one of them. We did see some life ones. They are common in the Netherlands too. 

I thought I had missed this year's peony bloom, but there were still some blooming when we came back. Since they will not wait till I get around to it I painted one right away. The next day they were pretty much gone. I'm glad I grabbed the chance!