This painting along with the previous cardinal painting are both commissions. Here, a blue jay gets ready to leap off of a whitetail shed that lays among fallen leaves and dead branches of the forest floor. The broken tine is perhaps the result of a battle that happened months ago during the rut. Antlers of a whitetail deer differ from those of a mule deer in that the tines of a whitetail branch off a single beam. The antlers of both mule deer and blacktail deer branch into seperate forks (most of the time).
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