Wednesday, June 6, 2007

An artistic diversion

I've been painting lately in my spare time, which I have a lot of here in South Florida- all of the work is done before normal people are awake. Here are some fruits of my labor.

I found a photo of Harlequin Ducks in the May/June issue of Birding; the position of the ducks in the photo with the water surrounding them looked so artistic already, and of course the form and colors of the ducks themselves, that I just had to paint it.

This Northern Wheatear was irresistibly plump-looking.

These birds don't count as wild, but it's the only bird photography I've done lately. These lorikeets (Rainbow Lorikeets?) at Parrot Jungle Park had quite the appetite for nectar, and they tried to transcend the laws of physics by simultaneously shoving their faces into the tiny cup I was holding. One perched on my head to wait his turn, but he had an ulterior motive- trying to steal my earring.

This Lubber has been hanging around on the porch screen for a couple of days now. I must say, it's a little creepy looking out the window and seeing an insect as big as my hand lurking nearby...


Bill Bolivia said...


In honor of those Harlequins, here're two duck jokes:

A duck walks into a drugstore and asks the clerk “Give me some chapstick, and put it on my bill!”
A duck walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “Has my brother been in here?” The bartender responds, “What does he look like?”


Larry said...

I've got to give you credit for painting-I tried and didn't do nearly as well.

life on the road said...

Hey, are you still living in South Florida? I am always looking for someone to go birding with...let me know if you're interested!

Anonymous said...

Love your painting of the northern wheateater!

DeeAnne said...

Thanks everyone for the compliments (and the duck jokes)!
Sorry it took me so long... I stopped posting because I wasn't getting any comments and now all of a sudden I've started getting them!
No, I'm not living in South Florida anymore... that was just for a summer job. Thanks for the offer, though... if I ever go back there I'll look you up.