Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Favorite Little Bird


My Favorite Little Bird

6" by 6" original oil on wrap around canvas with sides painted.

I never tire of painting this little English Robin.  They are just too cute!  Today I had a busy day of errands, time in the studio and teaching.  It seemed only right to end up my day finishing up this little bird to post.  I have decided how to handle my challenges for the New Year.  I will continue to do portraits as they come to me and depending on how many, I may post them on another blog which I will list when I do.  Tomorrow I plan to embark on a 200 painting challenge that was inspired by a book called 200 Great Painting Ideas For Artists by Carole Katchen.  I have had it for quite some time and use if often to inspire students on their next painting but I realized it would be a great way for me to stretch and take myself out of my comfort zone.  If you would like to follow along with me and try some of the challenges on your own, that would be awesome! Tomorrow's challenge is to paint boring objects from around the house....not the most exciting one to start with but it is the first and it will make me STRETCH!  I will not be doing this for 200 days straight and will more than likely throw in the occasional cow, rooster. and
bird!  I have always wanted to try some different styles and mediums so it should be very going through a great recipe book and making some of the dishes that you wouldn't normally try or perhaps are not the dishes you are most skilled at preparing.  The result, hopefully, will make me a better cook...I mean artist!  Cooking may be a lost cause. Contact me at for more information on this or any of my other paintings.  If you decide to do the challenge on any day and want to share your painting, let me know!

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Roxanne Steed said...

I always love your bird paintings - but this one is especially dear! I just put out more seeds yesterday for my kept showing up at the window looking like "where are you lady?, get this thing filled up!"

I'll see if I can get gutsy & follow your challenge today, too. I have that book & love it, too!

Linda Popple said...

I looked at Carole Katchen's book at Amazon and ordered a copy. What a great idea! I'm going to tackle the first challenge. I think it's going to be fun!

Love your bird painting! I like seeing your brushstrokes and your colors are beautiful!

Norma Wilson said...

Thanks so much Roxanne! I bet your birds love you with all the snow you are getting! I would love it if you did today's challenge too!

Norma Wilson said...

I appreciate your comment Linda and would love to see your painting if you do the challenge. Roxanne might do it too and I can post them on my blog too!