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 thoughts on “Gone, but not forgotten

  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. 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 …

      • 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.

  3. 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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