Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mockingbird


This is the 4th project from my Susan Bourdet online class (I haven't completed project 3 yet).  This little mockingbird made itself at home on the front porch one cold winter morning and I just happened to have my camera when I opened the door.  I combined several reference photos to get the begonia to look good (they get a bit ugly in the winter - I guess they don't like being shut up either).  I really enjoyed all of the detail in this one and the background was really fun to create.

15 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

Lovely painting and I like how you put your signature/name on the pot like it's carved there :) I'm not crazy about mockingbirds - in the spring they are the most aggressive things and will chase away any bird at the feeders - but I do like their varied songs.

Christiane Kingsley said...

This is a wonderful painting, Vicki. I really like the composition,the colors and the depth that you have achieved. The details are perfectly painted!

Jane said...

Really, really nice! Such a beautiful painting!

Laure Ferlita said...

Lovely work, Vicki! Combining images is fun even if tricky and you've done an excellent job.

Barbra Joan said...

Fantastic painting, and my two favorite subjects, flowers and birds, and hey ... no problem posting here.. !! BJ

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Vicki, what a wonderful painting! I especially like how the background is integrated with the rest of the painting; and is there, but not intrusive.

Vicki Greene said...

Thanks Rhonda, Christiane, Jane, Laure, & Susan. The name is done with Watermark Factory 2 which is a nice little program. Mockingbirds can be aggressive but the woodpeckers keep them in line here and while the birds have a definate pecking order they all get their turn at the feeders. I really am enjoying learning to combine photos. I appreciate your comments.

Paula Pertile said...

This is beautiful Vicki.

Vicki Greene said...

Thanks Paula!

Linda Young said...

Nice painting Vicki, The arrangement is very nice. I love the varied songs of the mockingbirds and here in Pa. they are kept in line by blue jays and the occasional hawk that comes by.

Vicki Greene said...

Thanks Linda!

Jane said...

Stunningly beautiful , great skill!

Barbra Joan said...

Vicki, where are you? haven't seen hide nor hair.. hope all is ok? miss you ...miss your art..
hugs, Barbra Joan

Vicki Greene said...

Thanks Jane, I do appreciate your comment.
Barbra Joan, thank you. DH has been very sick and in the hospital for most of the last two months. I hope to be back painting soon!

Jane said...

I'd been wondering, too. Hope all is well with your husband.