Friday, March 23, 2012

Bluebird Bliss

"When nature made the bluebird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast."  ~ John Burroughs

We have a half a dozen bird houses up on the property and over the past week I have seen the bluebird couples courting. Another sure sign of Spring! Around here, they make their nests out of pine needles. The male impresses his sweetheart with his nest building skills, taking needles into various homes. Once she settles on a spot, he lets her take over. It's no different than with most human couples, where it's usually the female that takes charge of the home and its' interior furnishings. He can offer his opinion and feedback, but the final decision is almost always hers. In this painting, a smitten Ms. Bluebird is dazzled by Mr. Blue's nuptial gift and amorous overtures.

"Bluebird Bliss"
Signs of Spring #5 - $45.00
5" x 7" Double Matted Original Watercolor Painting
This piece ships with a foam core backing in an acetate sleeve
and is ready to fit into a standard frame. 

Today's painting was done using the same three primary colors that I used in my last painting, "Spring Mare". All colors were mixed by using only Red Rose Deep and Gamboge by DaVinci and Turquoise by Lucas. Limiting your palette like this insures a harmonious color scheme. Here you can see the primaries with their shadowed primaries. You can read my previous post's comments if you would like more technical information.

Thanks again for reading, friends. I'd love to hear from you! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful (unseasonably warm here) Spring weather!

"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather."  ~ Terri Guillemets


  1. Beautiful blue bird painting, I love it! I think it is so much fun to watch the courting. We have sparrows in our birdhouses (they stole the bluebird houses, dang it). I have watched the male sparrow bring in stuff for the nest, and then seen the female throw it all out. It is quite amusing! Enjoy your bluebirds, they are so beautiful.

  2. Hey Robin - Thanks for your kind words. I got a good chuckle envisioning that female sparrow throwing out the male's contributions! We just put up another BB house by my studio, because the others are farther away and hard to monitor. I hope we get some residents. They are so sweet. :-D

  3. That must be delightful to see, Sandy. I enjoyed reading about their house-building ritual.


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