A mourning dove rests in a palo verde tree which is common to the desert southwest. I was drawn to this idea by the strong position of the dove and the direction of the tree branches. Mourning doves are one of the most numerous and wide-ranging gamebirds. Their numbers total 350 million throughout N. America! They are one of my favorite birds to watch fly as they very graceful reminding me somewhat of a pintail. When they take off their wings make a distinctive whistling noise.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
As I am in the desert for a few days helping my dad recover from surgery, this is the second painting of species common to Tucson. This is a gambel's quail and he is regally posed on a rock with palo verde branches hanging from above. These quail are very common at my dad's house and it is great to look out the window while painting and have live reference material!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
An Anna's hummingbird moves among some flowers. Their brilliant heads are a sure field identification marker. They are known for their remarkable dive displays that can happen from as high as 120 yds. They dive to within a half yard from their target and stop with a loud squeak to intimidate other hummingbirds in their territory and they can do it to people as well.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I just returned from a trip to Vancouver Island, BC and while there was able to do some "plein air" painting (painting on site). This type of painting offers a challenge because the light and weather influences the landscape with constant change. Painting quickly is key! This painting was done in an anchorage known to locals as Cascade which offered us a break from the open water swells and wind waves. The area is part of a group of islands located in the mouth of the Queen Charlotte Strait outside of Port Hardy. We saw eagles, otters, deer, whales and dolphins here. If you are interested in watching wildlife or fishing for halibut and salmon in a spectacular setting you can visit http://www.silverfoxmarinecharters.com/ for more information.