That is my seagull friend that I painted after going to the beach. I used pastels for the background and both acrylics and watercolor for the bird, then put in the seaweed and shells. Here is my current work in progress. Bird nest with a white crowned sparrow. I'd be working on it right now but I am waiting for the first bit of glue to dry!
I visited Fort De Soto Park last weekend, and saw an American Oystercatcher. What stunning birds! This reminded me that I had painted an Oystercatcher nest and never got around to photographing it, so I finally did it today. This was a piece I worked on while camping near the beach back a couple years ago. I collected the shells and things on the beach and glued them to the painting to make the nest. This is similar to an actual Oystercatcher nest, as they commonly nest in sandy spots with shells. Close up:
The 3x5 Art Challenge is going around the internet... you post 3 pieces of art for 5 days, and tag others to do the same. Foregoing the tagging, I thought I'd share mine on the good old blog. Day 4, I present my Bird Nest Paintings. I started doing these in 2007 and went on to do many many many more... 39 at this time! These are watercolors with mixed media/found objects- nests and leaves, etc made up of yarn, thread, beads, buttons, vintage fabric, sticks, dried flowers, etc. So many possibilities! These are a lot of fun to make...
My bird nest painting no. 37 is a Swainson's Warbler. This was a request and I am happy to oblige. The Swainson's Warbler, although brown and not so colorfully striking as many warblers are, is a very elegant bird. They hide away and are difficult to sight, but easier to hear singing. Their nests are well camouflaged. I used old postage stamps for the leaves here, and more in the nest, as well as pins, string, and yarn.
My Bird Nest No. 36 is the Sandhill Crane. The nest is made of embroidery floss and dried flowers. Here we have some Sandhill Crane's that are about a week old. I have visited them twice now, and I already want to see them again. The cuteness is too much!