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04-24-2003, 11:25 AM
My second wildlife-animal painting. My husband photographed these baby robins nesting on a ledge at the roof of our porch. I added the ribbon to pull the eye around the painting. Today, they are close to leaving the nest!

Comments and critiques welcome :)


BTW, the color on the scan is not as deep as the original

Limited palette--transparent watercolors

Approx. 7" x 10" Arches cp WN


04-24-2003, 11:35 AM
Very nice!!!:clap: The nest alone is awsome then the babies are just a bonus;)

04-24-2003, 09:30 PM
Thanks, redsy33, for looking and commenting! They are about ready to leave the nest--our window is only about 4 ft. from the nest.:)


04-25-2003, 01:12 AM
Nice work! :clap: That's so sweet and aren't you lucky to have a "bird's eye view" to watch them growup.

04-25-2003, 01:14 PM
Hi Lyn: Your husband has captured a moment in natures clock, and you applied natures moment to paint. You can sure see which of the baby birds was first at the nest table. lol
Very nice,

Leslie Pz
04-25-2003, 02:21 PM
Aaawwww! This is wonderful! Love it!

04-25-2003, 04:24 PM
Lorna, Kathy, and Leslie--thank you for looking and commenting.

They have grown really big since I posted this--I've got some lousy shots of the mother feeding them; hopefully I can paint another with her in it. We check them about every 10 minutes to see if they are still there! LOL

I've enjoyed doing the painting and watching them.:)


04-28-2003, 10:51 AM
The robins fledged on Saturday the 26th! Big Boy (on our left)
and Mid Kid, left within 45 minutes of each other. I got to see them go. My husband got to see Runty leave about 4 hours later, after 20 or 30 visits by Mama Robin bringing worms!

This will be a series, as we took pictures of the whole process.


04-29-2003, 02:06 AM
Lovely work artmom.I really like the details you got int the little guys faces and their eyes look so alive.Cant wait to see the whole series will be great.
Moo:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-29-2003, 03:53 AM
Moo, thanks for looking and, especially, thanks for the applause!
Yes, I'm planning the paintings and I think I have my choices of references poses made already. Now, to start putting them on paper--whew!!


04-29-2003, 04:04 AM
Great work, Lyn, not sure I can critique anything!

Having said that, I'm unsure about the background. It seems a bit flat at the moment. Is it wall? Mind you, any more detail could possibly detract from the nest and chicks. Hmmmmmm. I wasn't much help, was I? lol


04-29-2003, 04:44 AM
Thanks for looking, Ruth. Yes, it is wall and I didn't want too much texture there so that it wouldn't "fight" with the nest.:D


04-30-2003, 01:59 AM
Oh isn't this beautiful !!!
Not everybody gets an oppertunity to see a nest up close. I just seen my first robin a week ago & today I seen a pair of them gathering old grass to make a nest. I was close enough to take a picture of them, but I didn't have my camera....:mad: :rolleyes: :crying:

04-30-2003, 12:48 PM
Thanks, Sheila! Too bad you didn't have your camera.

We are now trying to get photos of Goldfinches for me to paint. Can you tell we are retired? LOL


Paul Hopkinson
04-30-2003, 02:38 PM
Lyn you have done a great job on this! I personally know how difficult is can be to achieve detail with watercolours. This I can see you have not found it to be a problem.

Well done!:clap:


05-01-2003, 12:48 AM
Thank you, Paul for taking the time to look and comment. I wish our robins were like the little robin redbreast of your land. Ours is really some kind of wren.

BTW, your part of the country produces one of my favorite things--Double Devonshire Cream--yummy!:D


P.S. I just checked out your website and realized that I had it bookmarked to look at when I'm ready to tackle our dog! LOL

Paul Hopkinson
05-01-2003, 04:45 AM
Thanks Lyn, anytime you need help for your dog then please let me know.
Yep your right about the double cream here it is delicious! Sadly they also have stacks of calories in them!:D


05-01-2003, 12:22 PM
:) Very well done. Very moving.:) :clap: :clap:

05-01-2003, 10:11 PM
Arcanjo, thank you for your kind comment!

Paul, thanks for the offer of help--I'll take you up on that! And, of course, the cream has calories--that's what makes it taste good! LOL


05-01-2003, 11:24 PM
Awwww, what a really good close-up painting of a bird nest. I can almost hear them cheeping! Looks great to me!:clap:

05-03-2003, 09:37 PM
Lynxes, sorry it took so long for me to respond! Appreciate your looking and commenting. BTW, mama bird seems to be re-doing the nest--so we may have some new babies to watch!


05-04-2003, 03:01 AM
Hi Lyn,
This is my first visit to this channel and nice to find you here. Terrific painting!! Please keep us posted on further developments in the nest.


05-04-2003, 06:43 AM
Thanks, Roberta. Will do!