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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Birds, birds and more birds

Anyone who's a regular reader of this blog will know that I love birds, both watching them, learning about them and painting them - and I always enjoy finding out about 'new' birds - ones I've not heard of before which is one of the reasons I enjoy taking part in the 'Paint Colorful Birds for Fun' weekly challenge on facebook.  Last week's challenge was of a bird I did know and one of my favourites - the lilac breasted roller - I always try and pay him a visit when Gary and I go to Chester Zoo so I was very happy when he was 'the bird to paint' last week


I had a new visitor to the garden a couple of weeks ago as well - a male blackcap - so of course I had to honour him by doing a painting!  I was in a splashy mood for this one!.......



and here's the photo of him in my garden.................


Mr sparrowhawk has been back as well - what a specimen he is too - Gary was there this time and had his camera handy...............


and finally, remember the last post with Monty the Osprey - anyone watching the shenanigans on the nest at the Dyfi Osprey Project is sure to be riveted - it's like an Osprey Soap Opera there with Monty trying to get himself a female after his usual partner failed to arrive back to the nest this year (assumed dead sadly).  The Dyfi Osprey Project  rely heavily on donations so when I had a message from someone asking if I would sell the painting of Monty I donated the proceeds to the project - I'll soon be painting another of Monty and his new mate which will also be sold in aid of the project (if anyone wants it that is!)

I've been browsing through your wondeful blogs this morning - I don't always have time to leave comments - especially when there's the captcha thing to work out!  It drives me nutty that thing!  But I do visit and take inspiration from your postings whether they be beautiful works of art, photography or a good anecdote.  Thank you all of you out there in blogland for sharing your world!

love Sharon

17 comments:

  1. Lilac breasted roller is not one I know - but your painting is gorgeous!

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  2. Love the color of this wonderful bird, just wonderful.

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  3. Sharon, your bird paintings are always so beautiful and I love that you donated the proceeds and will donate proceeds for Monty's osprey group. I think I once did a lilac breasted roller piece myself, just because of that gorgeous lilac color!

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  4. Love the sparrowhawk! The colour behind him matches very well with the colours around his eyes! Lucky to get a shoot like that!
    Birds are lovely and beautyful creatures and a great motiv to paint! yours look great!

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  5. you do such beautiful work, you are such an inspiration for me, I enjoy your work and stories, I think its wonderful you document what birds you see, its an amazing accomplishment.

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  6. You do the most amazing paintings, I don't know how you do it. From Findlay.

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  7. Wonderful wet and juicy paintings in the bold colors of the top bird and in the more muted second - love the splatters of paint. How good that you're donating the price of the painting to the osprey group. We watched a family (4) of ospreys recently in Florida - they are wonderful to watch and I posted some photos of the juvenile taking a bath in the ocean - too cute and scruffy looking :)

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  8. So generous of you to donate your pics. These are adorable paintings of birds, I do love them.

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  9. wow, gorgeous paintings and gorgeous photos! Quite a combination!

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  10. 'Anyone who's a regular reader of this blog'....I'm a regular reader of this blog Sharon, and I know you love, learn about, and paint birds, as for your Lilac-breasted Roller....WOW!!

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  11. Beautiful paintings and beautiful photographs.

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  12. Super paintings Sharon, especially 'splashy' the Blackcap.

    Big congratulations to Gary...that's a cracking shot of the Sparrowhawk...[;o)

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  13. Splendidi gli acquerelli, magnifiche le foto! Buona settimana Sharon!

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  14. I do so love your bird paintings, Sharon! Your love of them shines out in all your work. And the little lilac-breasted roller is adorable - such gorgeous colors!

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  15. How you splash on color in your paintings is an inspiration to me. I wish I could come paint with you but it's a long walk!!

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  16. Love your paintings and the nice photos of the birds. I am a bird lover and blogger myself. How nice of you to donate the money from your painting to the osprey project. P.S. I hate the "captcha's" as well!

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  17. Amazing pictures! So airy and ease.

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