aceo, animals, bird, gretchen del rio, miniature, original, raven, sacred, spirit, totem animal, watercolor
original watercolor aceo 2.5 x 3.5 c1/2012
Winter is in the mountains. You can smell the snow coming. Reggie ordered a little tweedy something from LL Bean in November and he is really happy to have his warm duds now.
He’s adorable. Has he found a mirror already?
He admires himself in the lake surface. He is starting a new trend among the mountain ravens. Let’s hope the eagles don’t follow suit.
Reggie is perfect for the name of this bird. I am constantly intrigued with the life and character you give to your bird portraits, Gretchen. I find it so hard to bring a bird to life on paper but love to paint them.
If you have ever noticed, I always paint predatory birds. They are very chatty where as the song birds express themselves through song. Really….the predators have such a presence. Their stories pop into my mind as I paint and it comes to life there after. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.
Your imagery knows no bounds and your painting closely follows it.
Loved the tricky name and the diagonal position of its beak paralleled to the tree branch.
Its tweedy scarf nicely ornates its plumage and makes your reggie bird more lovable.
Thanks so much for your comment, Doda. I think Reggie is very cute. Imagine if the wild ravens up here on my mountain were all dressed up. I started putting different colored bandanas on my two cattle dogs because visitors from off the mountain are sometimes concerned that they are wild. I let them run without leashes most often. My big boy Buddha captured an “Acorn Woodpecker” yesterday. I made him drop the bird and off he flew into the trees. The bird that is. I’m really glad that the dog doesn’t fly. I just love watching all these birds and animals who live on the mountain and often stories about them will arise.
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