Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Friday, September 11, 2015

A New, Sort of Christmassy Painting

Been awhile since I got serious about painting. Not really discouraged, just busy with other things. This photo of a female Pine Grosbeak was taken about 15 years ago at the Eagle River Nature Center.
This male Pine Grosbeak was photographed about 4 or 5 years ago. I shot this photo on the same day that I got an excellent lifer in Anchorage, a Dusky Thrush, (Asian species). I only managed a few wretched photos of the thrush.
The new painting is much paler than the reference photos. I did'nt plan it that way, but paintings have a way of following their own course. It is 8x10". Maybe I'll call it, 'Sort of Christmassy'.


Jeremy Pearse said...

Lovely work as always! Great title too. Still hoping to see Pine Grosbeak - maybe I'll have to come visit Alaska one of these days.

john said...

Thanks for your comment Jeremy. Alas the Pine Grosbeak is our only grosbeak species. When I lived in AZ we had Evening, Blue, Black-headed, and occasional Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. There were even rumours of Pine Grosbeaks but I never saw one until I moved to Alaska.

John Holmes said...

Great to see the Pine Grosbeak pair united at last !

Your filing system is better than mine if you can find 15 year-old photos...