I am pleased to announce that my painting entitled “Humble Abode” was awarded Best of Show at the Artistic Designs Gallery’s annual miniature invitational. This was a fun little painting to create and any artist is most pleased to know that others enjoy and appreciate their work.
(Above) “Humble Abode” 8 ” x 10″ Acrylic on masonite
Although exotic travel is one way many artists including myself gather experiences from which to paint, we are also often inspired by nature that is right outside of our own windows. This painting features a Carolina Wren who is returning to her nest inside of whats left of an old shed that once stood on a relative’s farm. She has brought a meal back for her babies. Carolina Wrens are very common here at our house and nest in a variety of places, from planted pots, to our gas grill (it’s a good thing we prefer to cook in our charcoal grill instead!).
This little Wren sings just outside our window. Carolina Wrens are very gregarious and noisy, singing all throughout the day. They have become very numerous in woodland areas in this part of the country.
Another comical and noisy neighbor is this little family of Tufted Titmice. This was a large brood and they all successfully fledged. Their raspy cheerful calls could be heard all throughout the day.
A less numerous visitor, but one who arrives here to nest each summer is the Great Crested Flycatcher (below). These birds have a very unusual song and their enormous size makes them quite noticeable in the woods. Roger Tory Peterson best describes this bird’s call in his book as “a loud, whistled wheeeeep! Also a rolling prrrrrrrreeet.” Like many songbirds, the Great Crested Flycatcher sings less often when the summer temperatures get very hot.