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Linda’s Bird

Linda's Bird

Some years ago I wanted to learn about plants, since I skipped botany in college. So I signed up for a local flora class over at my local junior college. The class was a delight, taught by a botanist of note in our area. I’m sure I’ve mentioned Linda before~she has been studying the sedges of 3 states (that I know of) and writing excellent guides to them. She moves fast for a botanist, so we have to grab lunches pretty quick, but we’ve been dear friends ever since that class. This painting is for her. I kept it sketchy, to suggest a bird about to flit to the next thing…just like Linda!

23 thoughts on “Linda’s Bird

  1. Marvelous. You caught that look that tells you it’s about to take flight!

    1. Thanks, Gunta! Linda is back in town from a sedging trip, so I’ll be giving it to her this week. I hope she likes it~ you’ve bolstered my confidence!

  2. I agree, the expression in body language and eyes is just right

    1. Thank you Jane!

  3. πŸ™‚ A very sprightly little creature. It almost looks like it’s tossing a blue cape over one shoulder as off it goes!

    1. It does look like that, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

  4. Really captures that about-to-take-off look. Botany? I should follow suit, I’ve been promising myself a botany class at the New England Wildflower Society for a while.

    1. Oh, you’ll love it! It really opened my eyes to another layer of the world.

      1. That’s exactly why I want to do it – focus on a facet of nature I don’t see clearly.

  5. Cheeky little thing, and very appealing. It reminds me of a titmouse, which always has been one of my favorite birds. I like the peachy tones in the background, too. They complement the blue-ness of the bird very nicely.

    1. I also thought it looked like a titmouse.

      1. Those two comments and my own thoughts raise the question: what kind of bird did you have in mind here?

      2. Correct. Cute little buggers, aren’t they?

    2. Thank you Linda πŸ™‚ You are correct, it is a titmouse, or so I’m told by people who know these things. The peachy tones suggested themselves~I’m so glad you like them.

  6. It is a tufted blue titmouse. I’m not a birder so the name isn’t important to me, so much.

  7. Very nicely done. Lucky Linda gets to receive a lovely gift.

    1. Thanks Kim! Over the years Linda has purchased so many paintings from me I felt it was high time to gift one to her πŸ™‚

  8. Titmouse? They’re so cute, but so, so flitty! Yours is adorable on the edge of flight!

  9. Yes πŸ™‚ They sure are cute. Thank you Deborah!

  10. We love when the titmice visit our feeder…not recently though as we take them down when the bears are about. This is such a sweet and lovely painting. Not at all sketchy. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Steve πŸ™‚ Wow! Bears. That just isn’t something that crosses our minds here in Illinois.

      1. People around here don’t think about them enough and leave feeders and other food sources out which attracts them. Unfortunately, that leads to unhappy encounters and some bear deaths as a result. Move into bear territory and destroy their habitat then destroy them because you caused them to come looking for food. Very unfair.
        And, speaking of bears…a favorite song. πŸ™‚

      2. You’re right~very unfair. They do the same in mountain lion country.
        I wasn’t familiar with the bear song. I think I need that in my studio! πŸ™‚

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