I’ve wanted to paint this red tail hawk for many years but my first attempt didn’t come out so well. I put it aside and other creative pursuits took over for a while. I decided to try again another day. Recently I was rummaging around in my files, came across the photos and was inspired all over again to give it another go. I’m pleased with the overall sketch but it still needs a bit more work before I begin painting. There will be lots of challenges with this one, not least of all the feather details.
I’m honored to announce that my painting of a pair of Northern Flickers, titled “Ode To Audubon” has been accepted into the New England Watercolor Society Associate Member show to be held at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in Plymouth, MA. Even more exciting is my work received an Award of Distinction!! Something for the good news jar for sure!
The show will be open to the public from March 5th to April 28th, 2021. Be sure to check the website of the Plymouth Center for the Arts for more information and entry procedures for ongoing Covid safety.
The months of January through March can be long and difficult when the winter cold really settles in here in the mountains. The trees crack and snap with the freezing cold, your nose freezes shut when you take a breath outdoors and all you want to do is stay indoors by the wood stove. My local community has come up with a game of Bingo to be played town wide with a variety of local businesses. With the Covid virus still among us, it’s extra hard to keep a small business going at this time of year. But, it’s March and it’s time for a little madness… so lets have some fun, shall we?
Littleton Bingo is just what it sounds like… a game of bingo that supports local business and gives you have a chance to win prizes. To play: go to www.leadlittletonnh.com for the game rules and to download a Bingo card. Every box on the bingo card instructs you to do something that involves a local business. In my case, you go online to my website and purchase a work of art. My art prices start at $10 for a small 5″x7″ print and go up from there in pricing for framed and unframed limited edition prints and original watercolor art. Once you’ve completed the action on a square, you get a sticker. When you get BINGO (five squares in a row or diagonal), mail in your card or drop it off to LEAD (Littleton Entertainment and Development) by March 31st for a chance to win a raffle prize. If you shop online, provide your receipt to LEAD for the corresponding activity to be counted. The prizes are listed on the LEAD website and winners will be notified by April 5th.
Thinking of the gift of art for for yourself or someone else? Be sure to check out the online store of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. You can purchase my artwork in sets of four 5″ x 7″ prints as a special gift for someone who loves birds, wildlife and nature. There are four different sets to choose from and each artwork is sized to fit frames you can purchase right off the shelf. A portion of each sale goes to The Center for Northern Woodlands Education located in Lyme, NH. Visit their website for more info: https://northernwoodlands.org/shop/c/art-prints-and-cards
I look forward to the annual Backyard Bird Count weekend like other people look forward to the Super Bowl game. I plan ahead, have snacks made, ready the camera for any special photo moments, get all my feeders filled up and make sure there’s something for all different bird species. Every year is different as far as what shows up in and around the yard and the weather is definitely a factor. We always take a walk in the woods around our home to include any sightings we might have there too. Our big surprise this year was a pair of pileated woodpeckers in the woods behind the house. I was able to get some photos for possible use in future artwork. The prior weekend had common red-polls, goldfinches, morning doves, evening grosbeaks and ruffed grouse but no such luck for the bird count weekend. We did have uncommonly large flocks of black-capped chickadees and bluejays though. We enjoyed it just the same and carefully recorded all our sightings. Until next year…