Hopefully the title of this blog, tells you what it has been like here the last few weeks, LOL. The Kickstarter Project funded, YAY! Several pieces have been in shows, and I am working on getting the rewards together for Kickstarter, framing pieces for shows, ordering cards and Giclees, and the normal business of taking care of parrots and cats. OK, so the parrot – cat thing is a full time job since cats have staff and parrots have slaves…….but I have managed to get a little painting in too, and the Wilson’s Warbler is now done! Fixed a few branches, darkened the moth and fixed the tones of the reflected light on the ventral side of the bird.
The raffle for ” Mingus” is still going on so don’t forget to check out http://the-oasis.org for your tickets….the raffle goes until Nov 3.
One of the local clubs, AABA, raffled off ”Too Much” at the Sally Blanchard talk on Saturday as a fundraiser, and it has a wonderful new home with Patrick and Linda Cravens.
Don’t forget to put the Audubon “Gifts From Nature” show on your calendar for the weekend of Nov 22-24!
The weather here in AZ has finally cooled off and we are enjoying a beautiful fall season. Ok, so the leaves don’t turn much here, but it is glorious outside, all the doors and windows are open, and I hear all the birds outside noisily going about their business. Speaking of birds, it is way too quiet in the bird/family room………hmmmmm better go see what they are chewing up now! Hope I still have a room left! Argh – not the door sill – we need to use that door…..um Loki, why is all of your fresh food now on the blinds? Ok, guess I didn’t need those blinds…..you want a nut…… wait you just had one….you want a grape…….the grapes are all over the blinds…….OK…..just a second……later!
As much as I love going on vacation, I love coming home! It is great to get out, hike, kayak, and photograph birds, but even better to come home to my flock! They are so welcoming, even though it is a little noisy…..OK a LOT noisy….but hey, it is a happy noise. Then everyone has to be petted and reassured that we are going to stay home for a while. Then they have to have their treats and some extra scratching…….even the cats are happy we are home. The cat hair and feathers have risen to a new level, as we shovel our way through to get the laundry done and get everything back in order. Our grown up kids have done a great job of feeding and caring everyone, but the birds and cats have assured us that they are starving for treats and affection. Hubby is worn out from travel and has fallen asleep, surrounded by kitties. Yawn, think I will be joining them soon. The Wilson’s Warbler is almost done!
The Kickstarter Project has closed and was fully funded, so I will be getting prints, cards and framing done over the next few weeks. Once again, a great big “Thank You” goes out to all of my project backers!
The painting is progressing. As you can see there is strong lighting, but it is diffused and sent different directions because of the thickness of the foliage. You also might have noticed the little Warbler is in the middle of enjoying a nice lunch. Now, that is not a lunch I would enjoy, but he seems to be going after it with relish.
Even though I am blogging, we are far away from home on our yearly trip to Colorado to photograph anything that moves. We were going to go to Estes Park especially to photograph the elk. This vacation has been a lesson in flexibility! Estes Park is flooded, they are not allowing anyone in, except essential personnel. So we have rerouted to Durango, and have been taking landscape photos instead. Net we will go to Sedona for a day or two, then to Lakeside, and enjoy some of the beauties of our own state. Maybe there will be a couple of critter photos in the offing, but it is looking like landscape, LOL! SO only a couple more days of blessed cool, then it is back to the desert temps in the 100′s. Hey….that is why we live in Arizona! Excuse me a moment, I have a phone call from the parrots……..oh……they are wanting to know how come I left instructions for their nuts to be limited while I am gone…..OK guys, you are getting a little tubby, and I figured you would not scream at my son, he is following orders after all….what do you mean the cats are not on a diet…..they are not as tubby…..DO not eat the cat food…..Quit chasing them around the house….buzzzzzzz…they hung up on me! Guess I had better go check with the son and see if the house is still standing…….stay tuned!!!!!
Help, I am drowning in cat hair!!! Or is that cat fur? OK, I promise, I won’t go on another rant about cat hair, even if I am drowning in it. Hey, it is not like the cats can help it, and it is not like the birds don’t put out their share of feathers. BUT…..cats being cats, I suspect that as soon as I go to sleep, they jump up on my art desk and rub all over my painting in progress…just to get me started. Like I said, though, I won’t go there today and nothing you can do will make me start a rant about cat hair.
Here is the start to the Wilson’s Warbler painting. This is the last of the native bird series for this year. Stay tuned….more to come next year. But have to get a few parrots done first!
Whoooooo Hooooo! My Kickstarter Project is 100% funded now, so the fingernails can grow out again. A Great Big THANK YOU to all of the project backers. ‘Til the next time, may your cat hair brush off of your art easily!
Done….Da…Done…Done….Doooonnnnnneeeee!(To the Tune of “Dragnet”) The story you are about to see is true……the names were changed…. Oh Hi! That is just Candy again….she got tired of chanting, “Step Away from the Painting Arlene!” and started with the Done..da..done…done. I think she is trying to tell me something. Well. here it is, you can see for yourself!
My Kickstarter Project http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1030315317/native-birds-ii is 87% funded now with 13 days left to go! If you know any Bird Art lovers, please share!
Ok, maybe I should have spelled it “de – feet”……but they are on the way. Hummingbird feet are so small, I saved them for last. They will probably be the most challenging part of the painting. So while Mr. Hummer takes a little sip of nectar, I will try to find his feet. Hope you have enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend!
It was really hard to drag myself away from painting to get a photo, but here is an update of the Anna’s hummingbird. SO how did they know the hummingbird belonged to Anna, they all look alike to me, LOL! Yes it is still ghostly, but won’t be for long! Hang in there. Meanwhile…..back to the painting! Hummm, hummm, hum….
Hum, hum, hum……….OK, so I don’t know the words…….hum, hum, hum. Actually the new painting is of an Anna’s hummingbird taking a little sip of nectar, it is making me hungry. Maybe it would be better to blog after lunch! As you can see, the background is in, leaving the holes where the painting will be! So unit the next update, think I will go have lunch!
Candy is chanting : “Step Away from the Painting!” as I continue to find little tiny places for negative painting, so finally have to step away, LOL. Here are the last steps and the finished painting. The reference photo came from Ramsey Canyon during our trip there in May. We just missed migration, but did catch several species of hummingbirds nesting. This Broadbill family was just too good to pass up. We hope to get back there next year during migration.
I just found out that “Mingus” is being raffled off right now to raise money for the Oasis Bird Sanctuary:
There is an article with links on the home page, a link on the scrolling banner on the home page (pic #2), and the ticket purchase option is in our SHOP (last tab on the horizontal menu) The drawing will be November 3, 2003
And last but not least the Kickstarter Project: Native Birds II is now 63% funded!
Check it out at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1030315317/native-birds-ii
Back to the Drawing Board…..next project….another hummingbird!
Hummingbird feeding babies.
Here is the background for the first Hummingbird painting! With the Kickstarter Project going, I am really motivated to get these last two or three paintings done, so I can have them scanned and printed for the Audubon Show in November. The creative juices are flowing, and I cannot get the paint on the paper fast enough. But not fast enough to avoid all of the cat hair around here, LOL! Thanks goodness for drafting brushes! It is a constant battle to keep the cat hair brushed away. The cats are DETERMINED to get some fur framed in my paintings! And if I don’t have enough fur around here with four cats, Missy(Candy’s kitty) is just as determined to leave hair on everything. Can anyone explain how we vacuum up enough cat fur daily to produce a whole ‘nother cat, and there is still cat hair EVERYWHERE?!?!?!?!? Guess I had better get back to painting….hey…..get off of my desk! Yes, you Dante! No just because he left, doesn’t mean you can get up there Rusty…..go play with your cat toys! Aaaaaargh!