Gone, but not forgotten

The woods are falling silent. Save for the call of jays and crows and the occasional chatter of chickadees and nuthatches, our songbirds have all flown to summer in the southern hemisphere. So, while it may seem odd to be painting yellow warblers in November, I am not quite ready to take up brown and blue paint and focus on winter birds just yet. This painting began in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, where I recently sketched yellow warblers perched in display cases. Back at home, I worked from those studies, a variety of photos, and a previous painting of dogwoods to create this piece…a bit of spring to tide us over the long winter ahead until these little beauties return.

Yellow Warbler (female), watercolor on Fabriano soft press 140lb paper, 6”x8”

Yellow Warbler (female), watercolor on Fabriano soft press 140lb paper, 6”x8”; click to view larger

Arts & Birding– If you like birds, nature, and art, and are looking for fun workshop to improve your skills in either sketching/painting or photography, join me in Maine next June 11-16 for Arts & Birding. This workshop takes place on a beautiful island on the Maine Coast at the Hog Island Audubon Camp. Registration is open and spaces are filling quickly. This is a wonderful place to invest in yourself and your art!

discover-badge-rectangleMany thanks to Discover WordPress for featuring Drawn In this week and thanks to all of you who signed on to follow me! Your enthusiasm, nice comments, and likes are terrific!

39 Comments on “Gone, but not forgotten

    • Thanks Mike! I am picturing your place– the mountains going from blazing colors to purple, green, and brown. A bit of frost on the wetland (or maybe a lot!). Be well!

  1. Jean,

    A sublime piece! And congratulations on being Editor’s Pick on WordPress You’re more than a shining light.


    Juanita Roushdy President Friends of Hog Island P.O. Box 242 Bremen, ME 04551 http://www.fohi.org 207-529-2355 910-233-8548 (cell)

    Friends of Hog Island – Promises made; promises kept.


  2. Congratulations, Jean! You are the highlight of my inbox, I feel fortunate to have discovered you to keep me delighted and inspired! Beautiful warbler!!

  3. Hi Jean – Wow! I love your sensitive and thoughtful use of colour and composition in all your works! I do not draw or paint, but I love photography – especially nature and people.

    • Thanks much, Michael! Glad you like what you see here. I checked out some of your photos and will have to explore more. Quite the goose and especially like the older man with the pigeons!

      • Ha Ha – Thanks Jean – Check out “Sunflower Sunset” in September Archives – I think it would make a nice watercolour painting.

  4. Truly lovely, Jean … as Autumn colors fade and Winter moves in, it is always uplifting to remember Spring comes next. Dogwood shouts Spring. Thank you for the beauty you create, capture and share. I’m in awe of the softness of the background …

    • Thanks- I kept the colors very simple– mainly just ultramarine blue, permanent alizarin crimson, and Hansa yellow medium. These three give a lot of variation!

  5. I have not been at my best today, and the soft, hopeful, peace of Yellow Warbler has made me smile. Thank you, Jean.

    • Thanks Susan– I checked on the print on Friday and I expect it early this week. SO sorry for the long delay! Hope you feel better soon.

      • No worries! And thanks for the well wishes. It’s just one of those retreat and regroup kind of days, which usually turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

    • Thanks Cindy! I took a risk to approach it this way, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I’ve got to look at my calendar and figure out when we can plan a day together.

  6. Lovely work. We have a species of bird here in South Africa that comes to mind when I see your painting. The same feeling comes to me when I see your painting as when I see the birds over here, joy.

    Keep it up. And I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you, its interesting.
    Kind Regards.

    • Thanks. I’m glad this brought you a bit of joy! Can you tell me something…I notice that you have a blog title, so I went to see what you blog about, but found a blank template. Is this a placeholder, or am I missing something? Thanks!

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