A few months ago I went out to water the garden and when the water splashed on my tomato plant I saw something move, so I pushed aside the plant and there I discovered an injured yellow throated warbler bird. I remember in the back of my mind hearing a smack on the window earlier that day but had forgotten about it.
The bird had his eyes closed and was clearly injured. I managed to get him on my finger and he let me gently pet him while I looked for signs of a broken wing or leg. There wasn’t any blood and nothing appeared broken. I then decided a nest I had might be a good place for him to rest. But when I tried to get him in it he just sat on the side of the nest and wanted no part of the whole idea.
He flew off when I tried to adjust the nest and landed in another of my tomato plants. I saw that he was resting on a branch deep inside the plant and so decided to leave him be and said a little prayer for him. The next day I checked and he was gone! I was so happy I decided to make this little painting in remembrance. The bird is a male Yellow Throated Warbler.
Don’t you just love the change of seasons? Fall is on the way as summer slowly winds down. The temps are getting cooler and there’s a chill in the morning. I even see trees beginning to change color! Fall is my favorite time of year. Here’s a little painting to set the tone. A 6″x6″ oil on panel ~
This week I’ve been working on some custom framing projects, which is always a fun thing to do! I love how a frame transforms a painting.
Three of the pieces framed are being donated to the YWCA of Spokane. They are having their annual fundraiser next month to raise money for battered women. I was honored to be asked to submit a donation. The event is called “An Evening in Tuscany”.
I’m submitting my “Wine Triptych”, a series of three oil paintings. The first painting in the collection is an 11″x14″ of the three subjects. Next is a 5″x7″ of the wine glass, and last is a 4″x5″ of the grapes. I’m so pleased with how they all turned out. The background has a mixed media effect and is very textural.
Here’s a short video of my framing day:
Here’s a little calf I recently finished from my works in progress pile. He was painted from a reference photo from another local artist. He will be framed in white and hung in my kitchen near my chicken painting, which I posted about a few weeks ago.
Painted in oils on an 8″x10″ panel. I’m really happy with how he turned out.
Now my works in progress pile is finished! I’ll share the last painting when it dries down a bit. I’m onto new works now; a series called “30 Shades of White”. Stay tuned for more on that soon. 🙂