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Polka-dot Retake


Hello again πŸ™‚

I want to thank all of you for your generous comments and for your feedback. Taking out the egret in the water seemed like a very good idea~what do you think?Β  The scale would be wrong to add smaller birds, I’m afraid. You can really tell the difference a day makes to the grass, too. Today it is snowing, and the light is more dim.

I learn so much from you. How happy I am to have found such wonderful friends in blogland!

Peace and snowflakes to you….unless you live in Texas, in which case, may the frostweed be frosty πŸ™‚




43 thoughts on “Polka-dot Retake

  1. This rocks, Melissa. πŸ™‚ You know I liked this with the unregretted egret. The other was unnecessary and this way allows the flyer to get its due along with the lovely foreground of flowers. Nice. πŸ™‚

    1. Did you notice that if you take the r off of regret you get egret?
      If Melissa comes to miss the second bird, she’ll have egret regret.

      1. I was asking because sometimes our subconscious picks up on connections that we’re consciously unaware of. It seems, though, that you were having fun playing with the words.

      2. Hence my use of “unregretted” which had been intended as an inside joke with Melissa as I mentioned egret regret on Facebook.

      3. I think WP scrambled my replies, so I’ll thank you here. I am thrilled that you like this painting. That is high praise.

      4. You and Steve G. think alike πŸ™‚

    2. Yay, thank you Steve πŸ™‚

    3. Yes, this painting rocks, even without any obvious rocks.

      1. Thanks, Steve! And no egret regrets.

  2. Really lovely, Melissa.

    1. Thank you so much, Mary.

  3. Very nice!

    1. I appreciate that so much, Maria πŸ™‚

  4. This is nice, but I miss that second egret. Of course, my view of the eariler version was a little quirky, so you probably made the right decision.

    1. I know, and I thought about leaving him in there. One summer we saw great flocks of egrets gathered into the wetlands around here. That was quite a sight. Usually, though, they appear singly (here, anyway) so that is what I finally decided.

      1. When I have time, I go over to a nearby bayou to see them roosting. The Audubon society showed up one day, for their Christmas bird count. There’s a mix of white ibis and egrets, and there are hundreds — not a hundred, but maybe seven or eight hundred. It is quite a sight.

      2. I can imagine it~a great gathering of white birds quietly going about their business. I just finishes reading your post about birds and chatter. I love what you said~ we should be still, and know that we are human.

  5. Very nice, I like it a lot!

  6. The lone egret draws the gaze of the viewer to it. There’s nothing to distract from it.

  7. Sublime scene… comparing the two paintings I like this one better… too many egrets are distracting… this one egret leads the eye across the painting.

    1. Thank you so much!

  8. I love how this turned out. There’s something about seeing the egret through the partial screen of trees that I like– it gives the sense we’re not disturbing it. And so it gives the sense of the egret being in just the right spot in the natural flow of things, and soon that is how I am feeling when I look at this piece. I am feeling the spaciousness of a lone egret rising above the marsh, crossing what looks like an open space, mostly of quiet.

    I also wanted to say something smart alec about removing one of the flowers in the foreground. I wanted to… but I liked them all.


    1. And peace to you, Michael. My favorite artist, Robert Bateman, is great at placing his creatures into a painting in such a way that they feel they are in exactly the right place. For you to say that about my painting is just about the nicest thing you could have said~thank you so much. As to my polka-dot flowers, chuckle chuckle…I had so much fun putting them in~couldn’t possibly part with any of them πŸ™‚

  9. Now you have me wondering what this would be like without an egret at all. I think it would not be right. It needs the egret. But what I love most about this painting is the foreground.

    1. Really? You’ve made my day~I really had fun with the polka-dots of color. I’m so glad you like that. Thank you!

  10. No egret regrets :-D. Your painting looks perfect. (I imagine the smaller birds and butterflies in my head… I can change the species whenever I like!) I am now wondering where the egret is going…

    Very cool that you once saw a flock of egrets! I saw one flying, one tree perching and one water strutting in Arizona. My life egret count!

  11. Thank you Myriam πŸ™‚ Haha, yeah, I like that. It is fun to picture different birds fluttering in and out of the scene.
    Wetland central here~come visit and I’ll take you to our rookeries!

    1. Oo, that sounds like a fun outing :-). I wish I lived closer! I recently found out Melissa Blue is a butterfly. You must have seen many butterflies in your butterfly-work days?

      1. Me too! πŸ™‚
        I was lucky to butterfly monitor at Illinois Beach State Park. My season stretched from April to September and was chock full of rare butterflies. The park boasts over 40 species! Wow! I had so much fun. Sigh. Now I’m old and running over dunes and through poison ivy to net a skipper has lost its appeal LOL.
        I’m tickled that you looked up the Melissa Blue. It is a pretty little thing, isn’t it? And it likes mud, so I felt a strong affinity. Karner Blues used to live at IBSP, but the last ones were netted and killed (!!! πŸ™ ) in the 80’s by some collectors. I never took specimens, only notes.

  12. Happy Blogging!

  13. Love it, Melissa. The colours, the composition, the textures and the light make for a very atmospheric painting. I wasn’t here for the discussion about the egret, but I like what you’ve done. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Jane, I’m so glad you like it πŸ™‚
      Also, so glad you are back!

  14. Beautiful painting, Melissa, and I think some element of ‘movement’ can really enhance a picture. But overall, you have to be happy with it in your bones – it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. Go with your instinct, girl!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Liz!
      I agree, and this one really pleases me. I’m not sure I will sell it πŸ™‚

  15. Ahhh… such a lovely peaceful painting Melissa. I love it. And yes, I like it with the egret out too. I always enjoy seeing your work, and reading your posts. What a great bumpersticker! Wish I had it…. it would be on my car! Thanks for sharing this. ~Rita

  16. Thank you, Rita πŸ™‚

  17. No Egret regrets. πŸ™‚ Love that!

    I really like this composition with the single Egret flying low over the marsh.

    Yes, this is just the spot I hope to find when birding and looking for wildflowers.

    1. Me too~ Steve G. came up with that and made me laugh.

      1. Me too. πŸ™‚

  18. I love egrets, but this is better off without one in the water. The foreground is lovely, so are the blue touches on the trunks.

  19. Thank you, Tom, for you kind comments!

  20. Absolutely beautiful! LOVE IT (with big letters!) πŸ™‚
    Sabrina –

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