I hope this is SouthWestly-sufficient for this forum, these birds are yearlong residents in Idaho/Montana and winter here in the Southwest.
Just met an old friend for lunch today. She was like a mom to me in college and has a favorite memory of Cedar Waxwings eating pyracantha berries in the snow in Sedona, so with some help from a ref picture I painted this for her. Watercolor, 11" x 15" :
Here's a close-up. Yes, the bird is smiling just a bit:
Reference was this photo
by ~rctfan2 on DeviantArt. It's also posted in the Watercolor Gallery
, if you are interested in details about pigment numbers and such.
She said, "Oh, a Cedar Waxwing!" Considering that she and her husband taught me the finer points of birdwatching, I took it as a good sign that both of them got it in one
There's a few details I wish were better, but will take it as a message that I need to practice more birds.
When I lived with them during/after college, I was too busy getting a graphic design career off the ground to do much painting, nor did I pay too much attention to the fine collection of Southwestern art that graces their home. After finding this forum I remembered the beautiful print over their fireplace and asked about it today. It's not Remington, it's McCarthy
Today there was just one that I can't find the name of
, in the past that one was hanging alongside a print of Heading North
I apologize for the wacky color correction, just took a quick snap (and ran out the door with the damp painting!) so didn't have the original here when I touched up the image.