Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bird Watching

Wood Ducks in progress or maybe not
12 x 16
oil on canvas board

Christmas arrived and so did a zoom lens for my camera enabling me to get up close and personal with the huge bird population frequenting the marshes along the Fraser River or for that matter anywhere!  This pair live on a slough just behind our home along with Hooded Mergansers, Herons and numerous other species.  I could zoom in so close to these birds that I was able to see the reflections on their eyes and felt that I could see so much personality in their facial expressions.  Hearing that there was a rare Northern Hawk Owl in the area I joined throngs of photographers and bird watchers and was able to get a some really nice shots of it.  I'm now hooked on bird watching! 

6 comments:

martinealison said...

Très belle harmonie de couleurs... Ce sont de beaux volatiles...
Bisous

Pat said...

Gorgeous painting!
Birds are fascinating, aren't they!

Pam Holnback said...

Beautiful colors. I look forward to many more bird pieces.

Barb Hillier said...

Thank you Martine, Pat and Pam. I am loving this subject and it might be series of one hundred. We'll see.

Ruth said...

Barb, you'll be surprised how quickly the series becomes 100. You'll find this subject so abundant and mesmerizing. Happy new adventure!

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Ruth - I've found I'm more drawn to the photography at the moment and the painting has stalled. There is quite a community of bird photographers out there and I'm enjoying being out in the fresh air so much. Looking forward to warmer weather and plein air painting.