A friend of mine posted a photo of a cardinal on FaceBook a couple of days ago and it reminded me of how much I love these little ladies. I had to take out the bird feeder that was outside my family room window because my beloved Corgi, Jack, would not stay out of the bird seed droppings that fell to the ground. He would gorge himself on the seeds and then at night couldn’t contain himself. So, bye bye, bird feeder. We’ll have to find another spot where he can’t get to them.
Anyway, this little painting was a particular challenge because of the softness of the lines, the subtlety of the tones and hues. I googled images and came up with a suitable image and decided to do a tiny, card-sized, painting on a scrap of Saunders Waterford paper to use as a card for my grandsons who are moving into a new home next week. Ridgley is a young bird watcher. I plan to get him a platform bird feeder for his bedroom window. And I hope that this little painting will hang on the wall beside that window – along with a few more. When I asked him yesterday what his favorite bird was, he said “woodpecker” and when I asked him what kind, he said “African.” I’d never heard of and African Woodpecker, but I have learned never to doubt my little Wild Kratts aficionado when it comes to animals. So, I googled it and sure enough: