Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Animal Wednesday - Pileated Woodpeckers

This summer I saw a nest with young pileated woodpeckers hanging out the hole begging for food. I tried a sketch without looking at them and no picture. I was sad I couldln't capture it quite right. Then I was reading _Living Bird_ magazine and voile they had a small photo in there of nearly the same sight I saw. I got busy and tried another drawing. Better but maybe next time I can paint on location with good paper. We can always hope.
Happy Animal Wednesday. For more animal sketches and stories go to Auntie Mim's.

24 comments:

steviewren said...

I always have to look at something to be able to draw it, otherwise my stuff turns out looking cartoonish. I've always mourned my lack of imperfect recall.

I like your woodpeckers. We used to hear them in our backyard all the time, but not much in the last few years. Their trees probably fell down in a storm.

AtelierBrigitte said...

I love this piece.

ArtistUnplugged said...

This is beautimus!!!! HAW!!!

Lynn said...

I am always so impressed by your watercolors paintings (or are they acrylics?) Whatever, they are so well done. Glad you found the picture to help finish this art work. Wow. HAW Lisa!

Robin said...

This is gorgeous! Your work always amazes me....

HAW!

Hugs,

♥ Robin ♥

Teri C said...

You were meant to paint those Piliateds and it is beautiful. I love when I see them by us in WI.

HAW

Cheryl said...

Lisa, Such a lovely painting.
You really are good at drawing birds.....
Something that I have struggled with.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Very nice Lisa. I love your paintings too. Its not easy doing birds from life as they move so fast so I take photos and paint later. :)

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Mim said...

wow - lucky us that you got to paint these. I think it 's so hard to paint birds, their feathers confuse me. but these are awesome

Katiejane said...

Judging by the bird I saw in my yard last spring, this is a good painting of them. I haven't seen him since. Wonder where he went?
I can't paint from memory either. I have to look at a picture of something in order to get it right. You did a good job here.

marianne said...

Left or right doesn't matter which way you take this is a stunning result!
I can't make anything by heart either have to see a picture or the real thing.

have a wonderful day:)

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Q said...

You are GOOD! Wow!
Pileated Woodpeckers are amazing and your drawing is wonderful....
Sherry

Julie said...

Awesome woodpeckers, Lisa!!! Love the color in them!

Laure Ferlita said...

We see these birds quite often, but I've never seen a nest before. Beautifully rendered!

studio lolo said...

Lisa, this is wonderful! You always capture birds, bugs and butterflies so well.

I start a full time job soon and I hope I can get back to regular blogging once I have a set schedule. I miss everyone!

I can't post about it on my blog yet because I haven't given notice to the market. They look at my blog!

Great job, really.

verobirdie said...

I like them very much. Good job.

Quiet Paths said...

We will get one of those passing through every once in a while but I've never seen young ones. Wonderful!

SandyCarlson said...

What a great painting. Thank you.

SandyCarlson said...

Thank you for stopping by.

Gail said...

I love the pileated woodpecker and your watercolor. gail

yoon see said...

Please don't be sad Lisa but you have it painted so fascinating here. love the composition and colours.
I know you have put in a lot of effort!