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03-09-2017, 05:26 PM

Chickadee-dee-dee, acrylics, 5" x 7"

Small, quick painting done to try to "loosen up". I've decided to try to do more of these very small paintings, so that I can do quick ones and try to not get too caught up in details. Hopefully after doing several ones, my painting will be a bit more painterly.

Darn background again.. I feel like it's too "gloom and doom", but my husband likes it.

Thanks to DeeOtter on DeviantArt for providing the reference photo for this black-capped chickadee.

I might just do a series off little birds.. Tempting.

03-09-2017, 09:31 PM
Kathy, this is just so lovely. I actually really like the background. It's sort of cranberry colored, which brings to mind a Thanksgiving dinner, which is in the fall. Around here, we always see Chickadees in the fall and winter months. So I think the colors are quite fitting. The bark, by the way, is stunning! Great texture and depth! This is a pretty painting of a handsome little bird. Well done!

03-09-2017, 09:39 PM
Thank you Jenna! :) I love chickadees, they hang around here pretty much year-round!

03-10-2017, 12:45 AM
Well done, Kathy. Great bark texture. I like your palette too.

03-10-2017, 12:58 AM
Thank you Christel!

03-10-2017, 02:17 AM
Lovely painting, it looks painterly to me! I was going to comment on how much I liked the background before I read your post, so it works well for me. I love all the different textures, the bird looks soft and the tree bark is terrific. I hope we get to see more in this series. :)

03-10-2017, 09:41 AM
Really nice combination of texture and color... looks great :)

03-10-2017, 10:05 AM
Thank you Kay! Phew, good to hear the background works. Thanks for your nice comments!

Thank you fedetony :)

03-10-2017, 11:16 AM
So charming and I love the warm background...used the same colors but in watercolor for a recent one featuring cardinals, and it worked! Your series of small birds using the chickadee we will be watching for. Love the deep texture of the tree!

Vivien Maloney
03-10-2017, 12:16 PM
Beautiful painting! Looking forward to seeing your series of small birds paintings!

03-10-2017, 04:28 PM
Very nice. I like the colours.

03-10-2017, 05:10 PM
Wow, thank you Kay, Vivien and Shuee for the nice comments! It sure is encouraging me to do more small bird paintings :)

sea dangler
03-10-2017, 05:25 PM
charming little painting Kathy,looking forward to more of the same.

03-10-2017, 07:30 PM
What a beautiful little bird and a lovely painting. I love the subtle colors in the Chickadee's feathers and the color of the background, too. These bold little birds are usually the first to our feeder the moment we hang it outside in the morning. We barely have time to pull our hands away and step back before a Chickadee dashes over and snatches a seed.

Yours is a little charmer.


03-11-2017, 01:23 AM
Thank you Dave :)

Thank you Beverly! When my child was younger, we would go feed the chickadees at a local park and they would land right on our hands. I love these little birds :)

chammi kaiser
03-11-2017, 07:17 AM
I like the bg too. It works very well with the little bird. Excellent textures.

03-12-2017, 10:36 PM
Thank you Chammi! :)