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jackiesimmonds
05-14-2013, 11:13 AM
Having looked at the wonderful bird post below this, I think I am being very brave showing you this one! But, it is nice that we all work differently, don't you think? I am opening my garden to the public next month, I lways have a small display of paintings and this time, rather than produce lots of flower paintings - which is what I usually do - I thought I would try British Garden Birds as one approach, and local woodland scenes as the other. Here is one of my latest little birdies. I watch them all winter long, they are so feisty and cute.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2013/1805-Chilly_Feet_4_wc_edited-1.jpg

I have since slightly improved his feet. Or perhaps her feet. But they are still chilly.

fingy
05-14-2013, 01:47 PM
I can feel the cold from here ......well painted !

Barbara

Turpintine45
05-14-2013, 03:11 PM
Sweet! I do love Robins. He looks so fluffed and cold. I like how you suggested the bg. And the icy branches make me shiver.

chuas2
05-14-2013, 03:15 PM
Yes, we all do work in different ways, and vive la difference!

This is a beautiful painting Jackie! I love the feathery feather strokes and you've really kept it fresh and lively, like your sketches. Your posts are always a treat for the eye!
Kris

pastel lover
05-14-2013, 05:27 PM
Very sweet. Love the orange.

Tanja

pastel65
05-14-2013, 09:21 PM
He's wonderful! Pam:wave:

jackiesimmonds
05-15-2013, 03:52 AM
thanks very much everyone.

He/she is No.16 in a whole series! (I know some species of birds have colourful males and simple coloured females. I must look up robins, cannot keep calling it he/she) Small pictures, only 6"x6", but they look lovely all hanging together. I hope they will be enjoyed when visitors come to my Open Garden day.

When I was a student, I did a large calendar of owls. I think I may try a few owls to make the numbers up to 20 pics. Here is one of the drawings I did then....not a full-scale pastel, so slightly off-topic but it is done with a pastel pencil. Obviously much more an "observed" drawing than a sketchy pastel. If you like it, you can see more owl images on my blog including a watercolour owl - I do not know who painted that one. Couldn't have been me........( Perhaps I was a much better painter all those years ago)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-May-2013/1805-Cuckoo_Owlets_wc.jpg

jeaneade2001
05-15-2013, 04:20 AM
Lovely! Your work is always inspiring.

jackiesimmonds
05-15-2013, 05:40 AM
Thanks Jean.

chuas2
05-15-2013, 10:58 AM
Wonderful sketch, Jackie! The long and short eared sketch on your blog is one of the most beautiful drawings I've ever seen. Period.

I love owls, ever since I saw one in person. Just swooped down right in front of me, never saw it coming, absolutely silent flight, astounding!
Kris

allydoodle
05-15-2013, 03:00 PM
I love birds, and this is beautifully painted Jackie. He/she :lol: , is such a cutie. I popped over to your blog, and that watercolor is smashing! Love the soft feathers, amazing. Great sketches too, I've always loved graphite. I still play with it, the gray tones are always so beautiful.

jackiesimmonds
05-15-2013, 05:01 PM
wow, praise indeed from you two! Thanks so much. Nice of you to pop over to the blog. I haven't looked at those owl drawings for years, it was quite a strange feeling to open up the calendar and see them after all this time.

J

toniov
05-15-2013, 05:16 PM
Very beautiful painting with wonderful light !

jackiesimmonds
05-17-2013, 01:11 AM
thanks very much Toniov.

twiglet
05-17-2013, 03:02 AM
Great work Jackie. Hope the sun shines for you on your open day.

jackiesimmonds
05-17-2013, 01:08 PM
Nice of you Twiglet, I hope so too! Otherwise we will ALL have chilly feet!