I’ve finally settled on a pallet for this season and painted this little guy, sleeping under the flowers. My hellebore grow and bloom through the snow in the winter – I dig down and pick a few flowers for a vase on my window sill to remind myself that there is life, even in the cold, dark days of winter! The boreal owl is a little guy and seldom seen in the northern forests of Europe and America – I’d love to actually see one some day!
Here’s my colors for my winter palette this year – all muted tones of blues, greens, pinks, and browns. I’m starting another painting today with them!
The last of my Birds and Flowers series: Sparrow and Clover! That’s now all the types of birds that visited my feeders this summer – indigo bunting, goldfinches, nuthatches… paired with wild/wayside flowers.
Autumn is beginning! My boys have started school, the nights are getting cooler – clear crisp nights for star gazing – and I’ve seen some colors on the trees! My sunflowers are getting heavy with seeds. I’m going to save and dry the heads to put out for the birds this winter. So, for my first Fall themed entry in my journal I did a sparrow on some sunflowers. All of my birds sure do love sunflower seeds!
I wanted to do a nuthatch for the next in my Birds and Flowers series – I’ve enjoyed watching them all summer – they stay in the underbrush and are very skittish. I had to think about it for a while before I could decide what flower to pair him with – I finally decided on wild carrot (Queen-Anne’s-Lace) for it’s understated delicacy.
A couple friends suggested a robin for my next in the Birds and Flowers series! I paired him with echinacea – I liked the rusty brick red with the plum pink of the flowers.
The next in my series of Birds and Flowers: goldfinch and chicory – I love the gold and blue together ; )
The next in my series of Birds and Flowers is a chickadee and purple thistle. The chickadee is a very friendly little bird. If you sit long enough with birdseed in your hand they’ll come and eat from it! Thistle is one of their favorite flower seeds. But, I have to be careful that the seed doesn’t sprout in the yard where it’s sharp prickles would hurt our bare feet in the summer!
I’ve started a new series – Birds with Flowers – the first here is an indigo bunting and horned poppy. I chose them because I had my first indigo bunting nesting here this summer and I bought a horned poppy for my garden – to add to my poppy plant collection ; ) They both have given me such joy this summer and I love their colors together!