Tuesday, February 21, 2012

painted robin, spring is in the air

What an absolutely glorious day, blue sky, sparkling white snow, a temperature of about 5C. Who could resist getting out for a walk? We have a nice blanket of snow, nothing compared to last  year though. I was not able to hang my clothes out as I did today because they would not clear the snowbanks. This is the view from my studio. I like it!

I took the camera and went for a walk on the trail. It is so pretty this time of year.
 The sky was so brilliantly blue.

I always have a bag full of birdseed in my pocket just in case. I'll have to share another picture of the chickadee as I think this one is cute. I have the camera around my neck, holding it with one hand against my shoulder and focusing it before the bird alights on my hand. Also, I set it on the sports setting so it will will rapid fire pictures.

I spent a little time painting my chubby winter robin today too. First I taped the drawing and the fabric on my window and traced the outline with a pencil onto the fabric.

I pinned the fabric to a piece of foam. To paint I used Winsor and Newton acrylics (I've had for ages) mixed with some Textile medium, colors burnt sienna, cadmium red medium, ultramarine blue, white, and raw sienna. That's all I had to work with along with 2 old tole painting brushes. Here is the base coat.

I'm allowing it to dry for now and I'll see if I'll touch it up. I intend to cut it out carefully, so it can be collaged to another background. This method is described by Tracie Lyn Huskamp in her book,  Nature Inspired.
I am linking to WIP Wednesday at the Needle and Thread Network.

14 comments:

Gill said...

No snow here Holly! but no blue skies either!
I love your robin!

Debbie said...

Beautiful! I enjoy watching your process develop.

Linda said...

Love your chubby robin.

Quilt Rat said...

LOVE your little feathered friend.....and the painting.....looks like you were enjoying a wonderful February day

elle said...

Everybody is talking about spring in blogland. We are in a world of white as a deep dump of the white stuff covers everything. Even the sky is white. Not a lot of colour so your little textile painting is doubly welcome. Great job.
Good thing I'm starting to get the hang of these new verification words.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Great pictures, Holly. Is the same beautiful day here too. Not quite as warm; around zero....but sunny and lovely for walking...

Maureen said...

Still some snow here, but a nice day. Your robin is making me long for them to return.

Mary Ann said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your lovely robin:)

Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

thanks for taking up on a walk with you! ; ) LOVE the clothes line! LOVE the bird in hand - SUPER. I'll have to try sports setting. I suck at photographing birds.

: ) thanks for linking!
~Monika

Susan Being Snippy said...

Oh! the clothes on the line bring back teenage memories! I hated those frozen clothes and yet I loved being out in the yard doing something that made my mom happy! Your little bird is wonderful, both the real and drawn ones -- I am exploring the idea of taking up drawing again...

Patti said...

Love your window view! It looks like you have a lot more snow than we do, which doesn't mean it won't come! Beautiful pair of birds!!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

ohhhh...I love your little bird! Wish I could draw...have I said that before Hehe!

Annette said...

Your making me want to get out my brushes ....
maybe this spring
in stitches

Regina said...

Your pictures resemble so much what I see around here that I had to check where you live - (relatively) close by as I am an hour from Campbellton.
Those spring-y days so early in the year are just a tease for us, aren't they?
Your painted bird is lovely!