I started this new painting over the holiday weekend. It will be my entry for the Gilcrease Museum's popular American Art in Miniature show & sale. The show's rules stipulate that paintings must be 9x12 or smaller. This one measures 8x10 and I am using acrylics. Cardinals are frequent visitors to my feeder and I am especially attracted to the females coloration of gold, red, and olivey green. I find them more interesting to paint than the males. I am using reference I shot back in the winter when we had a light snowfall. I threw up the window in our kitchen and shot away. The house makes for a lovely blind! We have a large hemlock tree near the feeder where the birds fly back and forth from when feeding. I love its willowy branches and its little pinecones. It makes a lovely backdrop for a cardinal especially with snow sprinkled on its needles. Hard to resist painting that!
You're probably wondering if I ever finished the red-legged honeycreeper...well, I did finish it but I need to take it to get photographed. I figured I'd wait until I got it professionally scanned before I post it. I tried taking my own photo, but I cannot seem to get a decent photo of it. So, stay tuned. I'll post it in the next couple of weeks!