Friday, February 25, 2011

Make Me Smile

Make Me Smile

2.5" by 3.5"

A small whimsical painting, an Artist Trading Card, the mediums used on this are watercolor and ink on cold pressed 140 lb watercolor paper. It is an imaginary portrait and is one of a kind.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where do birds go when they die?

Several months ago on my daily walk,
the bird was by the curb as though it had just laid down to rest.  I have
a feeling it had been injured by a passing car on the
busy street beside the parking lot.

The thought has occured to me at different times in my life, where did birds go when they died?  I had never seen a dead bird fall from the sky.  I wondered if I was the only one who had ever wondered this, thanks to Google, I know I join the ranks of many others who have had similar thoughts and questions.

I read it is the opinion of "bird experts" that birds sometimes roost in trees when they are feeling sickly.  They seek out secluded places where hopefully they won't be discovered by prey.  I also read that sick woodpeckers crawl into tree holes.

A sick or injured bird is often discovered by predators, that accounts for there not being many found on the ground.  As a result of the bird's light body mass, their bodies decompose quickly.

I feel now I have a better understanding of where birds go when they die.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Harsh Reality ... portrait of a woman

She had a good heart but ...

The title of Harsh Reality kept coming to me as a title for this woman's portrait.  Of course, an imaginary portrait of mine. It measures 5" by 6" and the mediums used on yupo paper are watercolor, ink, graphite and china marker.

In an attempt to paint some in a different method, this was my first time painting on yupo paper.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Those Haunting Stage Eyes

Those dark and haunting eyes from the stage pierced
even those sitting on the back row.

Can you imagine being face to face?

This painting done on yupo paper measures 3.75" by 7.25 ".