Friday, February 27, 2009

wings over the rockies

red-breasted nuthatch

Coming soon: bird drawings. I have recently learned that there are a lot of birding festivals in spring, and I have been invited to produce some artwork for the Wings Over the Rockies event in the Columbia Valley this upcoming May. This little 4" Nuthatch drawing is the first in what will be a set of four small drawings of small birds. I'm not sure yet what I'll do for the larger work of larger birds. Stay tuned!

16 Comments:

Blogger Barbara said...

What a delightful wee work - I bet this series will sell like hotcakes at birding festivals - you go girl!

27/2/09 9:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love it! Can't wait to see what's coming next.

28/2/09 1:27 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Fabulous nuthatch... I love wrens if you happen to be wondering whether to do one of those or not...

28/2/09 4:40 AM  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

Awesome. I look forward to seeing your Tits. You could create an entire set?

How about Black or Cinnamon breasted Tits, definitely some Great Tits, perhaps Penduline or Varied Tits, and who amongst us doesn't enjoy beholding Elegant Tits.

28/2/09 7:08 AM  
Blogger nadine said...

(oh that Donn... always pushing the line... hee!)
You have such a great eye for colour. Love the green border along the top :-)

28/2/09 1:36 PM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Beautiful color and shapes. You will have so much fun with this project. The little birds have plenty of personality!

1/3/09 4:04 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Barbara: Thanks -- and I seem to want to do more 'user friendly' art these days, so here's hoping.

Laura: Hmmm -- a chickadee maybe?

Caroline: I don't see many around here but they are good subject matter.

Donn: Don't forget the multi-tasking Bush Tits.

Nadine: That's what's great about this small work -- I have full freedom to make colour decisions as I work because if it's a bust I haven't wasted too much time/effort.

Vickie: They do, indeed. We are inundated with nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows and juncos here.

1/3/09 7:16 AM  
Blogger WW said...

No penguins though, I gather...

I was going to comment on Conn Doppens's comment, but I think I'll just send a cackle of grackles over to his place and have them poop all over his house while driving him nuts with their annoying calls.

1/3/09 9:52 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Love the design of this piece (in addition to actual drawing). Fun project.

1/3/09 10:43 PM  
Blogger Ed Maskevich said...

This looks great. It seems to be well suited to doing silkscreen prints or even notecards.

2/3/09 6:49 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

That sounds like a serious birding festival. I agree with Barbara, they'll sell like hotcakes. Was this little guy in your tree?

2/3/09 12:52 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

WW: Whaddaya mean no penguins? Penguins required!! (and can't you keep Mr C in line?)

Tara: And since I spent the weekend on a painting I HATE I haven't gotten any fartehr! Tomorrow...

Ed: That occurred to me yesterday when I looked at the blog of a woman who sells hundreds and hundreds of bird prints on Etsy. I think I'm in the wrong (end of the) business.

Ellen: OK -- artistic license applied. They actually appear on the feeder right outside my family room window and make their adorable cheeping sounds.

2/3/09 7:10 PM  
Blogger WW said...

Well, penguins don't fly, and last I heard, they had not migrated from Antarctica to the Rockies.

However, be that as it may, you produce them so beautifully, I'll suspend my belief. :-)

I have no control over DC. I can only hope my constant ridicule of him leads to the betterment of humanity.

3/3/09 5:30 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Fabulous piece Andrea. Love the detail and colours.

4/3/09 4:54 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

super beautiful!!!

8/3/09 5:17 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

good god, this is beautiful! i love nuthatches. soooo tiny.

10/3/09 7:16 PM  

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