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Friday, 26 October 2012

Series completed ..... for now

Dunnock

© Sharon Whitley


Just time for one last post before we head to the hills for the next few days.... I've finished off with another often overlooked little bird ... the dunnock, or hedge sparrow -  rather scandalous little birds as they are seldom monogomous -  females will often mate with more than one male and then both males will help feed the chicks, ensuring that the chicks have an adequate supply of food, no matter who the father is!  So their lifestyle is quite colourful even if their feathers aren't!!

So that's it for the garden bird series for now - until hopefully I get some newcomers in - I've now got to decide which paintings to have made into greetings cards so if anyone out there has any ideas which would work best as cards I'd really appreciate your input.

It's looking like a wonderful day for walking tomorrow!  Til next time, have a wonderful weekend....




17 comments:

  1. Hola Sharon. Es un ave hermoso. Enhorabuena y feliz fin de semana.

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  2. I've really enjoyed the journey.

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  3. Beautiful! I love Dunnocks as they clear up the bird seed that the starlings throw about! I think the Robins should become cards - perfect for Christmas as well as a general card

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  4. Great picture! I'm not familiar with this bird; perhaps we don't have dunnocks here in Virginia.

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  5. Wonderful series. Wonderful paintings..

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  6. Good series and good idea to do them... maybe you need to decide on another topic for the next series!!!

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  7. Lovely, to visit your art work again. I've been working on polishing my novel and have had little time to browse or paint. Your watercolors are fresh and lively and capture movement that is so much a part of the personality of our feathered friends.

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  8. What a gorgeous painting to end your series ... for now. I'm one of those ignoramuses that thinks every small brown bird in my garden is a sparrow. I wonder how many times I've seen a Dunnock without realising it. Great series ... loved it!!!

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  9. Great painting, colours and character are perfectly caught. Hope you have a lovely weekend in the hills!

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  10. You gave a great turning movement to this little 'scandalous' birdie, great series ! When you come back from your weekend you will have plenty of new ideas for greeting cards :-)

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  11. Splendido lavoro,complimenti!!

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  12. Sharon, what a fantastic painting to end your series with...love the little bird nuances/habits too.

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  13. Both sparrows are absolutely delightful. I hope you paint more birds, Sharon - you do them so beautifully. And I love the story about the "scandalous" hedge sparrow! :)

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  14. Una serie realmente hermosa. Felicidades!

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