I have always liked herons, egrets and other wading birds. They have such amazing feathers and yet stay so clean in some of the messiest environments.
One thing that this painting does not share is how large these birds actually are. It is also interesting how they fly so low along the water among the weeds that you frequently hear them flying by without being able to see them.
I just enjoyed painting the feathers. I like the rich colors and the textures.
I am not sure who is the star of this painting, the bird or the log.
A “Hawaiian Cardinal” that we saw on Oahu. It really is a Brazilian Taneger that came to Hawaii quite some time ago. We found him in the parking lot outside of a Kentucky Fried Chicken. My wife took the picture and I painted him in our granddaughter Tansy’s hospital room. She like to watch me paint when she was too sick to do anything else.
One of the things that I miss about moving back to Utah is the cardinals and the fireflies. Little bursts of brightness.
Just a little puff of blue feathers.
This is my favorite painting so far. Oil still works the best for me. I like the way the colors came out. I like they way the seem to like and take care of each other.
Kingfishers are pretty little birds. This is one of my early attempts at watercolor. It is a hard medium to control. I think I still like oil better.
I first encountered egrets in the swamps of Louisiana. I was amazed at how they can live in all that slimy goo and remain so pure white. An egret is an elegant bird even in the way it flys.
This was painted for my cousin who loves owls. The barn owl face is just so impassive and expressionless.