Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mrs Bird

As a child I always found it easy to find birds nests.
Is this because as a child I was more observant, took longer to stop and look and watch, or were there more birds nests to find? Its probably all three of these things?
I haven't found a nest to see eggs yet this year. We have the blue tits that nest in the hole above the dining room window annually, but I don't count this as 'finding' one. We have found empty egg shells, but the secret places from where they have come from, have not been discovered.

Talking of eggs, here is the painting I've been working on........ Mrs bird!


Its on canvas, which I have struggled a little with this time. Working on canvas is quite new to me, as I have always painted on paper in the past. Its taken longer and has been hard to get a sharpness to the lines. Having said that I do like working on it as I love the texture.


These photos have been taken outside on the front step, so the colours are not showing as rich. I will scan it later and possibly have it as a print?

Over the weekend our footsteps fell in ancient Savernake forest, where we came upon a dragon.....



Quiet places filled with the greenest of greens...

And a heavenly sea of blue.....

27 comments:

  1. Well worth waiting for! It is a wonderful painting - especially the mushroom houses. I miss not seeing the birds anymore. Beautiful shots of the forest too.

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  2. I love Mrs. Bird! And your photos are beautiful!

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  3. Lovely Karen, your painting and your photos, i particularly love the dragon, how exciting :-)

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  4. What a lovely post! The painting is so beautiful, I love the bird with its eggs, I love the violets. And those photos in the woods...oh how I long for a walk among the trees...

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  5. hi karen...which of your posts shows the owl pellets. i am fascinated with them and would like to have another look. joyce

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  6. Mrs. Bird is WONDERFUL.
    Today, your post was like going for a walk in an enchanted forest.

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  7. Hello Karen,
    I have just found your site - and I'm smitten! I love Mrs Bird and her clutch of precious eggs!
    The Tree Dragon is fantastical - what an enchanted forest.

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  8. I admire your sort of imagination that can dream up such a lovely image, and painting on canvas seems to have given it a softness which is lovely too.

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  9. That painting is so lovely and what a wonderful wood.

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  10. It's gorgeous - I think it'll make a lovely print. Do you have your own printer? How lovely your son still likes to come on walks with you, my older children used to complain the entire time when they were his age! I've never been to Savernake Forest, I'll have to look it up - great dragon!x

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  11. Hi there, I am hosting a book swap over on my blog. It is a permanent feature, which will always be on my blog, it is not a one off, like the rose theme swap I'm hosting. I have listed a load of my books which I am willing to swap, take a look, there may be some you fancy. If you would like to list books which you no longer want, and are willing to swap, just contact me at rosehyacinth@hotmail.co.uk, or leave a comment on my blog, with your name, the name of your blog and the books you wish to swap, and I will type them up and post them on the swap page, so the more and more people who participate, the wider the range of books there will be to choose from, and remember, it will always be there on my blog.
    Take Care
    Love Melanie xxx

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  12. Ms. Bird is wonderful! I like the photos too. They certainly inspired images in my head, especially the "dragon".

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  13. Great photos of the woods and your finished Mrs Bird painting is lovely!:)

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  14. Mrs Bird is wonderful, and I do love the background. Painting on canvas is quite an experience isn't it? I love the scratchy sound and the way the canvas moves and gives under pressure. I'm not too good at it, but I really enjoy it.

    Kim x

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  15. More Mrs. Bird :o) I love Mrs. Bird!
    I love the dragon too and beautiful bluebells xx
    I put up a yellow mushroomy thing on my blog today that I am trying to identify, are you able to help? You seem to have quite a lot of nature knowledge.
    I very much enjoy all I see on your blog xx
    Sumea

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  16. I adore your work. It takes me off into another world. Have you ever seen any childrens books illustrated by Louise Brierley? They have a similar ethereal atmosphere to many of your paintings - I am sure you would like them.

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  17. Your blog is truly magical. I love Mrs Bird and the subtle colours you have used. Do you use acylic paints?

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  18. Karen- big sigh- i wish I had your talent, your art is truly beautiful.

    leanne x

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  19. The painting works very well,I loved the drawing also. Haven't the bluebells been a picture this year?

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  20. Gosh, it really it a dragon. It reminds me of the new movie trailer for Where The Wild Things Are. Have you seen that?? Your wonderful photos look perfect for that movie.

    And I do love Mrs. Bird!!

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  21. I love your work, your links, and your playlist. I come here to renew. Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world.

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  22. Your new painting is really wonderful, you have so much talent! And the photos are just gorgeous :)

    I tagged you on my blog, I hope you are ok with that...I just really enjoy your posts here!

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  23. wOw! Painting and photo's just ~beautiful~

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  24. Love Mrs Bird, have only just found your blog but had to comment on that lovely little painting. Best wishes.
    Lesley

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  25. Your painting is beautiful. I love the palette you have chosen. We used to love finding birds nests as children and if we found a broken egg shell we used to fight over it. How times have changed..lol.

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  26. Hello there

    I just wanted to write to tell you how much I like your recent work on the canvas...beautiful!

    Love Julia xxx

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