Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nuthatch at Snowy Sunrise

Nuthatch at Snowy Sunrise
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Another rather quiet day yesterday -- got the car's maintenance taken care of, got a few more things ready for tomorrow's celebrations. And even had a bit of time to paint.

We used to see a lot of nuthatches around my house, especially during this coldest time of year. And now that the cold seems to keep the cats away from the bird feeders, I've even spotted a few cardinals landing on the feeders for some much needed winter seed. I'm so glad of that.

I found this reference photo for the nuthatch and turned it into a snow scene with a bit of sunrise for warmth. I originally used goache to enhance the saved whites and for the spattered snow, but it seemed to disappear in the dark colors, so I added a bit of white India Ink.

We're off to the hair dresser's for mom and a bit of shopping. The temps are supposed to warm to 30F .. if one considers that warm ...! I don't! LOL

Tomorrow the grands come for our celebration of Santa and Christmas. I know we'll be enjoying the quiet today to rest up for the pandemonium tomorrow! LOL


squawmama said...

Good Morning Lin... Sounds like you're still a little busy... I love the painting this morning... It just reflects the winter season... Have a safe and warm day being out and about getting mom doo...


Lisa at Greenbow said...

One of my favorite birds. You did a good job of it. Enjoy the calm before the storm (grands).

Teri C said...

It's beautiful Lin!! I love those birds-theyare so entertaining.

Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

What a terrific job on the Nuthatch and even more so on the limb. Just wonderful and so real!

So glad you had a quiet time to paint and will have some time today with just your mom.

Joan said...

I like the peaceful look to your bird!!! It sounds like you will be having a great time with the kids and family surrounding you. I won't have internet access for the next few days, so I'd like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!!! May the holiday bring joy and peace to all of us everywhere!

Sandy Maudlin said...

LOVE this fresh and exciting painting. Thanks for sto[[ing by my blog and commenting, too. I enjoy your paintings and look forward to lots more. MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!