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Monday, 12 November 2012

Wonderful Waxwings

© Sharon Whitley

I'm pretty excited about the invasion of waxwings we're having over here at the moment from Scandinavia - apparently lots seen in areas not far from me in North Wales - all in very strange places - Industrial Estates, streets, superstores etc. all after the berries from the lovely Rowan tree.  Gary was lucky enough to photograph them up in Barrow, near Clitheroe at the weekend while he was up there - I missed out unfortunately but we're off on a Waxwing hunt on our day off on Friday - to B&Q in Llandudno of all places!   In the meantime I thought I'd do a quick painting of one from one of Gary's fabulous photos which you can see on his blog.  Here's a little taster to tempt you................

Absolutely beautiful birds and really hope I get to see them for real on Friday at B&Q!

I've also been busy painting a couple of pet portraits for commissions for Christmas presents so obviously can't show them here until after Christmas but the owners are really pleased with them so I'm very happy!

Have a wonderful day and please leave a comment so I know you've popped by!


  1. You captured the waxwing beautifully Sharon.

  2. Another beaut Sharon, maybe you should become a bird painter!!!

  3. Always a treat to witness the annual invasion of the waxwings and your depiction is another beauty.

  4. Wonderful birds to see Sharon and your painting is fantastic.

  5. I'm excited too....about the Waxwing painting above....Bloody Hell Sharon!!

    If there are berries in the car park at B&Q in Llandudno on Friday it could be your lucky day, here hoping for you Sharon/Gary.

  6. I love the way you handle paint no matter what the subject. This is another beauty!

  7. Beautiful painting - and what a fab reference photo! xx

  8. Encantador todo su trabajo, un verdadero catálogo de aves. Es motivador ver como siempre encuentra motivos para crear y disfrutar con su trabajo.
    Un saludo afectuoso estimada Sharon.

  9. Hello Sharon,
    What a wonderful painting. Nice to see the picture there too, so you could see the same little head and colors.
    It's great how you've done this. I am impressed.

    Many greetings and have a nice day,

  10. Sharon, this waxwing is so very beautiful and cheeky, as any waxwing should be! I read Gary's post yesterday, and you certainly have some fabulous photos for reference. :)

  11. Sharon. You have captured the lovely subtle colours of the waxwing to perfection. Hope you manage to catch up with some on your visit to B&Q !!


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