Thursday, October 29, 2009

Young Crow and Pretty Sparrow

Where does the time fly to, seems it was just spring and now there is frost on the ground, and yesterday I woke to a sprinkling of snow. This young crow found the sunflower seeds that the finches toss all over in their gluttonous feeding sprees. He did not seem to fazed when I opened the window to take his picture. I quite like the pose.
Then as soon as I had put the camera down I heard a sound at the side window and peeked out, here was a little sparrow, such a sweet wee thing. I just love these little birds, and I haven't even painted one yet. He was doing a cute little survival of the fittest jump hop an drag of leaves to shuffle them aside to unearth bugs and seeds that have fallen.
Having a rest from all that work, paused but a moment for me to get off one good and two bad shots in succession then back to his jump-scratch-hop-peek methods which enabled me a lot of blurry shots.
And to sum up the morning I shot some color, which we did not get much of this year as the leaves froze to the trees, turned mostly brown and dropped off. Have a beautiful day.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Art Connoisseur

The Art Connoisseur
This little pretty is for sale at Westlands Art Gallery in Cochrane Alberta. I just loved painting this one, doesn't he just look like he would enjoy viewing a colorful art exhibition.
I have a Great Blue Heron painting on the drawing table thats waiting to be finished. My studio has new wood flooring installed, thanks to the wonderful hard work of my son and Gerald, thank you my dears, it is so nice and warm on the feet compared to lino. Now I need to haul in my old painting rug to protect the floor under my easel. I have a cabinet coming on sunday to display my odd assortment of still life articles that I have collected for themed paintings, bird ornamentation and a variety of vases. I am so looking forward to having all my things in one place. Hugs to all, have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Summer dreams

Summer is but a dream away. Feeling a bit down, I miss the vibrant blooming colors. I was going to post a blossom but decided this was a cheerful shot, ahh the lazy hazy days of summer.

Monday, October 19, 2009

People are cruel, birds are cool.

My finger is almost healed though its still touchy at the tip, which of course makes it difficult to hold the paint brush. Ahh, and just when I need to be getting more pieces complete and sent to the galleries before Dec. I find if I take too much time away from the paints I get grumpy, grrr, just like an ole sore tooth bear, grizzled and mean, lol.
This morning I called a lady who had a cute metal bird bath for sale, I told her I wanted to come get it and made arrangements to pick it up. She states to come after she gets off work at 5 pm so shortly after 5 I call to let her know I'm on my way, and lo an woe, she tells me it was sold this afternoon. I gasped, was floored, sputtered, "but you told me you worked till 5" and could not believe my ears when she tells me she has learned not to wait around for people that the first one with the cash gets the sale. The nerve of her. After all she was the one that set the time for me to come, Like I said Grrr. I could see them selling it if I had not show up within an hour of saying I would be there, but to sell it out from under my nose when I was anxiously waiting all day to go get it, grrrr. Okay so thats my spew for now, tomorrow will be a brighter day. Best get back to painting to soothe my savage beast, lol. Ahh hugs to the world, we need them.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Snows have come

Time just spins by and I know not whereupon it travels. The snow blew in with the cool winds and birds huddle by the feeder. And I impatiently wishing my finger to heal so that I can get back to serious painting. I can't even take photos as its my right pointer that I slew with a jagged broken needle, ouch. Hurts thinking about it. Foolishness begets injury. I went for x-rays as the needle broke in two inside my finger and it seemed as though there may be a piece left in, but thankfully there is no metal embedded in my finger. It only needs time to heal.
So I am posting a little sparrow of sorts, don't know what type, but its so sweet its begging to be painted. The photo was taken in Kananaskis in the sweet, sweet summertime. Ah how I miss the flowers already. The frost and snow killed them off about a week ago, sigh. Winter is such a sad time for me, too cold, and it pains my body dreadful. Yet it is during the winter I buckle down and paint steady. Painting is meditative. I have a large Blue Heron painting on the easel waiting to be completed and a whole aviary of birds on the brain scratching, chipping, squawking in a flap to be set free on canvas.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Kings University Exhibition is up

Here is a shot of the beautiful Atrium at The Kings University College in Edmonton where my paintings are presently on display till mid Nov. You can see some of my paintings on the far wall, they continue through to the right of where I stood and took the photo from. On the upper level is Daniel's show and some of Kings students work.My lovely daughter came to give me loving support and a few laughs.
A couple of show goers admiring the swans. These are portraits of four of the Camrose resident swans. The swans were fantastic to paint, as each upon close scrutiny were all different from one another in face and stature. Its pretty amazing that all beings have their own personality and looks, even creatures I falsely thought were all alike. Like wow, life is amazing with its abundance of variety in species. Its to bad that mankind is the worst species for causing the downfall of birds, animals and each other. Maybe some day everyone will realize that we must think generations ahead and not just for the day.

Caughtcha with hand in the chip dish. My most trusted chauffeur and assistant Gerald. He delivered the art and helped Daniel hang the exhibition. This was his time to relax, get to chat with people and take photos for me, but alas he got the chatting part down to a tee and had a wonderful time.... and I did not get many photos of the people looking at the paintings but I tell you I could not ask for a better assistant, he's tops!
A joyful touch to the afternoon was of having Brenda show up rounding off the afternoon with more excellent company. The show will be up until mid november and then some pieces will go to Canmore and some to the Wildbird General Store in Edmonton for Dec.