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Vanishing Species……….continued

Why do cats have to walk on your keyboard just when you are trying to write a blog? Why do cats recognize the person in the room who is deathly allergic to them and then rub allllllll over that person? Why do the parrots love to chew on my brushes when I am trying to paint? Why do they LOVE to scream when I am on the phone? What is up with them chewing all of my jewelry, and any sequins, beads, or shiny stuff on my shirts? REALLY,  I love the critters, but HAVE to contemplate these issues. Sometimes I feel like the only person on the planet asking these types of questions………. then attend a bird event or an art event showing my bird paintings! It is east to spot the bird person! They see a painting, do a double take, then get a certain look on their face. It is a kind of smile, then the eyes roll, then a smile and a look of affection. As one bird person to another, YOU know the look! That starts the conversation. Christina Scherer and I had a booth at the Sunnyslope Art Walk this weekend, and we had quite a few of these conversations, which let us know that we are not the only crazy animal lovers on the planet! We heard stories of funny things birds say and do all evening. They are endlessly fascinating, and a great source of joy, even with all of the mess, destroyed clothing and ruined brushes and pencils!

So the painting of Sirocco is progressing, even with all of the work of putting an art booth together. It is nice to have more time to work this week, and hopefully you will see much more progress at the next session! Don’t forget, you can click on the photo and see a much larger version!!!! Back to the drawing…ooops…….painting board!!!!


Vanishing Species WIP Continued…..

Here is the progress from this week, Sirocco is starting to peek out of the non existent foliage, LOL. But being the imaginative audience that you are, just picture it for now. The fun part is just starting – all the negative painting of the feathers. As you can see, the dark area is in now, lots of juicy watercolor. Don’t forget, you can click on the photo to see it a lot larger!
WOW, it has been a busy week for rehabbing. Our area has had a lot of wind, the birds are out there doing their “bird” thing, so there are lots of orphans who have been blown out of the nests, with no sign of parents. Add the usual injuries to this and it keeps a lot of volunteers hopping at Liberty Wildlife. The weather is so confusing this year, it doesn’t seem to be able to decide whether it is going to be warm or cold, dry or rainy, I am soooooo confused, don’t know whether to wear long pants or shorts, sweater or short sleeves. Maybe by next weeks blog the confusion will sort itself out, LOL. Meanwhile back to painting…..


Happy New Year!!! Puerto Rican Amazon Final!

Hi, Hope all of you are having a Wonderful start to your New Year! So far so good here. The weather is amazing, just like spring here in Sunny Arizona. Yes, the Puerto Rican Amazon painting is done. Candy said “STEP AWAY FROM THE PAINTING!” So I will post it for your perusal and obey Candy, or else will continue to do little details and not have it ready in time to travel with Mary Rose to the Houston Parrot Festival.
Hope lots of you will support the Puerto Rican Parrot and Puerto Rican Genome Projects and buy LOTS of raffle tickets at the Houston Parrot Festival!!!!
Blogging back at you soon with a new WIP!

Puerto Rican Amazon………onward and forward!

The Holidays are upon us and I don’t know where the year went! Barely used to writing 2011 and it is only a few weeks, uh days, until 2012. Anyway, since it will be a crazy week, am sure there will not be much time for the blog until after Christmas, soooooo…..Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, hoping the coming year is filled with joy, happiness, art and BIRDS!!!!!

Here is the update on the Amazon. The feather work is in, still need to give hime some shape and fill in detail. Blogging back at ya soon!

Puerto Rican Amazon WIP ……….Still Cont.

SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHH………….be very quiet……………all of the parrots are asleep. One of the best things about having parrots around, no matter how noisy and jungle like it is in the daytime, as soon as night falls, everyone goes into their cages and goes to SLEEP! And it is quiet for a few hours until sunrise. Unless you make too much noise or have the lights on, then they jump into social mode and all of the squawking goes into full decibels. So if we keep the lights low and tiptoe around, it is VERY quiet here. Taking advantage of this, thought I would post the progress from today. Now that the bird is starting to emerge, it is coming along rapidly!

Well, back to the paint board – see ya soon with another update!

Puerto Rican Parrot WIP – continuing

Hello, it has been raining like crazy here…….for some of you, that may be normal. THIS is Arizona, the desert, so needless to say – very unusual weather we are having here. We still made the Trek to Candy’s house on Tuesday, and progress has been made! Ok, I will post the photo, Beenie, you don’t have to be so impatient! Clowns! Thanks Loki, that scream was right in my ear….Macaws!!! Guess I won’t be hearing anything for a little while. BTW, Thanks everyone for being on such good behavior, Candy did not have to throw us out Tuesday, and her cat, Missy, is still her normal color, no gum in her fur, and no food fights. That may be because a couple of our troublemakers were not there, LOL. YES, you know who you are…..Sisters and cousins! OK Beenie, I will post the photo! Nag, nag….

The beak is in, along with the nares, and the leaves are pretty well done. Just a hint of the lower bird body and a couple of talons. So we are progressing pretty well. Now you probably are starting to see why I usually let the Beenie do the background last. Have you tried painting while a clown hangs around looking over your shoulder and nagging? Oops, I mean giving you “constructive criticism? Owwwwww, my other ear….Beenie…….why don’t you take Sunny and Charlie in the other room before they start chewing my paintbrushes again…..Hey Charlie….that is art paper not newspaper…….Who let the cat out in the rain?!?!?!?!?

Puerto Rican Amazon WIP

The Beenie came out to play in the paint today, so the background went in first. Luckily for you – it was a surprise visit from the clown, and I didn’t have time to invite you along.  Weellllll, Okay, maybe it wasn’t TOO much of a surprise, but I am still worried about that red in your hair that wasn’t there before the last Beenie background. So am a little hesitant to fill up the peanut gallery when the clown is throwing paint around. Oh, yes, of course you want to see, so guess we will just put in a photo of the WIP to date. The background was done on very wet paper, the clown just splashed red, yellow and green all over the place as you can see. Oh, you can’t see because the photo is not there yet….Ok, I am getting there….

OH, forgot to mention the first layer of the branches is down and a few of the foreground leaves are in. What….yes, I did get to the Art Supply store, you might want to wait for them to restock before you go there. Am having a few problems finding a place to hide….uh…I mean store art supplies. If hubby doesn’t see them, I didn’t buy them, right!

It is that time of the week again, time for a field trip, see you all bright and early in the morning to spend Tuesday with Candy!!!



The New Work In Progress a VERY Special WIP!

Having finally digested all that Thanksgiving dinner…….it is time to get back to work! OK, so it is not REALLY work, more fun than work, LOL, but back to the monkey business, I mean bird business at hand! Did you read the last few blogs, did you get a little hint that a very special WIP is coming up? Ta Daaaa, it is time to unveil the new WIP!!!! The next painting is going to be a Puerto Rican Amazon. For those of you who are not really bird people, but follow along anyway, the Puerto Rican parrot is one of the extremely endangered species on our planet. To learn a little more about this bird and one of the projects going to try to save the species, you might be interested in reading Ricardo Valentin’s blog at

Ricardo is graciously providing reference photos for this painting, which will be raffled off at the Houston Parrot Festival in Jan 2012. The funds raised will be split between the Puerto Rican Parrot Project and the Puerto Rican Genome Project. Mary Rose at will run the raffle and if she decides to do advance sales through the Arizona Seedcrackers Society, you will be the first to know!  Also, just a HEADS UP, there is another VERY Special WIP planned as soon as this is over, to be raffled off at the AFA convention in August! For a little hint, Barbara Heidenreich will be doing a special presentation on this bird at the AFA convention.

If you are thinking, “Where is the photo this week?” you will have to wait a day or two, it has just been drawn up, and is too light to photograph well at this point. SO guess I had better get back to the drawing board…I mean painting easel….work desk…….um something. Hey Sunny stop chewing up my brushes! LOKI, paint is not good to eat, CHARLIE, STOP chewing up my paper. Birdie, you know the pencils don’t taste good…..Aaaaaaaargh, maybe it is time for another art store trip, hmmmmmm……

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