There is a large serviceberry in front of our living room window and it's hosted a bit of a who's who of our backyard birds in the past few days. I've seen American goldfinches, house finches, cedar waxwings and many robins. I was really lucky to get a number of shots of this young robin.
The above photo kills me. Doesn't he look absolutely amazed by the feast that surrounds him, as if he doesn't quite know where to start? "Wow! Am I ever glad Mom and Dad live here."
I took the photos by removing the living room window screen and sitting on the floor. My constant companion Meeko sat beside me (of course) but was very quiet and didn't scare the robin. My robin friend certainly provided enough poses for me to try another bird painting one of these days. I like the pose below probably the best.
Despite all of the bird banditry, we did manage to pick a few for ourselves. I made this wonderful salad with mesclun from our square-foot garden with some serviceberries thrown in for taste and colour. (If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will have already seen the photo.)
This week has been broken up with lots of taxi driving of my two daughters who are now both officially on summer vacation, but I managed to finish one painting. I painted one of the French breakfast radishes from our garden. I wonder if they call them that in France? It's the first time I've used handmade Twinrocker watercolour paper: both Geninne and Diana Sudyka recommended it to me. Just the deckles alone make me swoon. It was lovely to work with and this particular paper has one hot-pressed side and one cold-pressed side. Very nice paper. (Emma picked out the radish-coloured nail polish for my thumbnail.)
|French breakfast radish: Watercolour on Twinrocker paper|
|Serviceberry painting in progress (on Twinrocker cold-pressed paper)|