Tuesday, April 25, 2017

beach dreamin'

That amazing, calm, peaceful feeling of having the sun on your face and you toes in the sand. Not much in life better than that...
This original 6"x6" oil painting on ⅛" gesso panel is available, unframed, for $100 here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

simplicity

I am always striving for simplicity, in my art and in my life. Why is it so darned hard to achieve?
This original 6"x6" oil painting on ⅛" gesso panel is available, unframed, for $100 here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

cowbird

This is actually a brown-headed cowbird (I took some artistic license). According to allaboutbirds.org, here are some cool facts about cowbirds:

  • The Brown-headed Cowbird is North America’s most common “brood parasite.” A female cowbird makes no nest of her own, but instead lays her eggs in the nests of other bird species, who then raise the young cowbirds.
  • Brown-headed Cowbird lay eggs in the nests of more than 220 species of birds. Recent genetic analyses have shown that most individual females specialize on one particular host species.
  • Social relationships are difficult to figure out in birds that do not build nests, but male and female Brown-headed Cowbirds are not monogamous. Genetic analyses show that males and females have several different mates within a single season. 
  • Some birds, such as the Yellow Warbler, can recognize cowbird eggs but are too small to get the eggs out of their nests. Instead, they build a new nest over the top of the old one and hope cowbirds don’t come back. Some larger species puncture or grab cowbird eggs and throw them out of the nest. But the majority of hosts don’t recognize cowbird eggs at all.
  • Cowbird eggs hatch faster than other species eggs, giving cowbird nestlings a head start in getting food from the parents. Young cowbirds also develop at a faster pace than their nest mates, and they sometimes toss out eggs and young nestlings or smother them in the bottom of the nest.
  • In winter, Brown-headed Cowbirds may join huge roosts with several blackbird species. One such mixed roost in Kentucky contained more than five million birds.
  • The oldest recorded Brown-headed Cowbird was a male, and at least 16 years 11 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Wisconsin.
This original 6"x6" oil painting on ⅛" gesso panel is sold unframed, for $100 here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This original 6"x6" oil painting on ⅛" gesso panel is available, unframed, for $100 here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This original 6"x6" oil painting is available, unframed, for $100 here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

indigo blue

There is just about nothing more fun than a new tube of oil paint, and something I've never tried before...even better! I am painting my way through the rainbow and having a blast. As I transition from purples to blues I am planning to dig a little deeper and share more of what I am learning along the way. This new color, Indigo Hue, is vibrant and fun, but I need to get to know it a little more before I can say it's a friend or foe...but this blueberry painting was a fun place to start finding out...
This original 8"x8" oil painting on ⅛" gesso panel is available, unframed, for $150 here.