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Bird Nest

As the air warms, some birds in my area have begun to searching for good nesting sites.

We have a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls in a nearby Douglas Fir. What a wonderful treat to listen to the male call to his mate as she incubates her eggs, and hear her response.

Remembering a backyard nest, and memories of Easter egg gathering motivated me to paint this subject.

Hidden Nest, watercolor, 21″ x 21″. It is for sale, and may be seen at my home during the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.

 

Red Poppies

Mornings are still quite chilly in The Dalles, Oregon, but I definitely have springtime on my mind. Pruning roses and fruit trees, cleaning up the perennial flowers, and replenishing the raised beds occupy my time as weather allows. When I can’t dig in the dirt, I head back to my painting table. Red Poppies, watercolor, speaks to the coming explosion of floral color. This painting will be part of my collection for the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 20-22.