For the Birds

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I’m in the throes of a busy exhibit season.  Here is the beginning of a painting for a bird art show that is coming up.  I have a week to work this one out.  Here’s the bottom of the painting, so far:

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Now all I need to do is work out the middle.  It will probably involve quite a few green stripes!

I don’t actually know whether the painting will work out or not but I’ve been wanting to paint it for awhile now.  Last summer I saw this female at her post.  To my surprise, I then spotted her nest!  Those are usually hidden pretty far from prying eyes.  There was one blueish egg in the nest.  So, off to the right will be the nest.  Hopefully I’ll be able to weave it all together and it won’t look contrived.  I may end up having to paint them on separate canvases but I’m going to try this first.

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  1. It’s all mysterious to a non-painter like me, who has no idea how you work out the details of a painting. You have the freedom to do anything you want, and yet that freedom means you have an infinite number of possibilities.

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    1. Thank you, I like her too. The painting didn’t work out so I think I’ll paint her again on her own canvas. They are redwing blackbirds. I agree, she does look a lot like a thrush. Out of context I would have thought that was what she was.

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  2. It’s a red-winged blackbird pair, isn’t it? I’m happy when I spot a female, but finding the nest must have been cool. A. Neat idea for the painting, I want to see how it turns out. Best wishes for your exhibits!

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  3. Mmm, Red-winged blackbirds. They are so wonderful to see and hear in wetlands during the breeding season. The paint you’ve laid down so far feels like those places. Magical! Looking forward to seeing where your painting goes next. Cool that you saw the nest. I look and look, but rarely see them. I saw an active one once. Such beautiful weaving! 😊

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    1. Their nests are works of art, aren’t they? And I was so tickled to see an egg tucked in there. The painting didn’t work the way I wanted it to, so I painted it out and will paint a new one with just the female and maybe the nest. Hopefully I can get it done soon but my husband had to go to the hospital yesterday afternoon. EEK. I’m in no condition to paint! He’ll be fine, thank goodness. I’m just waiting for them to discharge him, now.

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      1. So sorry to hear about your husband’s health issues. How is he doing? Did he have the surgery yet? I hope the surgery and recovery go well and you and your husband are feeling hopeful right now. Best wishes. ❤️

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  4. It’s interesting to see a work in progress. I don’t get to see many redwing nests so that adds a lot of interest as well. Good luck with the exhibition. Sorry to hear about your husband’s trip to the hospital but glad to hear he’s okay. That’s no fun for either of you.

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    1. Thank you Steve.  It is actually looking like he isn’t ok.  He’s still there and they are running more tests.   Melissa Pierson

      Artist and Proprietor, Melissa Blue Fine Art.com 224-440-4353 Paintings making natural connections

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      1. Oh, that is not good at all, Melissa. The end of your reply above mine sounded like he was alright. I hope that will be the case very soon so you don’t have to worry about him.

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  5. Yeah, at first we thought it wasn’t anything serious, but they continue to keep him there. It turns out there is a large tumor on his kidney and it needs to be removed. Thank you for your concern. I think once the kidney is removed he’ll be ok but obviously will have to be a lot more mindful going forward of his health.

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    1. Knowing what’s wrong and that the result will be positive is a bit of balm but any time cancer is mentioned it’s scary. That sort of thing does make one take health more seriously. Best of luck with his recovery.

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  6. Hope you accomplish it the way you want, though separate panels might be nice too! Love the color variances, the speckles of pigment dotted here and there, and the occasional lift of texture from the surface – a visual delight, Melissa! 😊

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    1. It is fun to have a fellow artist commenting on my work. You see the technical stuff that is so fun. In the end I painted it out and started over with just the female, but then we headed to the hospital. I haven’t felt like painting at all but maybe today… 🙂

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      1. You will, when it’s right ❤️ Curious, how do you paint over? Is it watercolor white etc? I’ve been using absorbent ground on canvas, so I use that if need be, but takes several coats drying in between 😔

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      2. I use acrylics, so it is easy to simply cover right over what was there before. I used to use white to entirely erase what had gone before. I’ve learned to use colors now, and cover just enough to give me an interesting base for a new image.

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