Digital Art - Digital Art / Photography Based Digital Hand-painting
On a soft and warm July morning two baby bluebird fledglings begin their explorations of the big world around them. Cooped up in their nesting box for about three weeks, their first few moments outside of their safe home are a time of great wonder. Nearby Mom and Dad hover and flutter and call repeatedly, protecting the fledglings from hungry predators and encouraging the rest of the babies to join the family out in the big, wide world. Be safe, little darlings!!
I'm privileged to say that the nesting box in our backyard was host to three broods of bluebirds this summer, 2019. I could be wrong, but I honestly believe it was the same male and female each time, one batch right after another. Mom began laying eggs the third time so quickly after the fledging of the second brood that we didn't even have time to clear out the box first. By the end of the summer, both parents were as thin as sticks ... feedings of the hungry babies took place about every 20 minutes. It was exhausting just to watch!
Once the last brood fledged, Mom and Dad and the whole family disappeared into the blue sky and that was that ... until ... mid November! Our feeders were visited by a crowd of bluebirds ... maybe 10 ... maybe 12 ... who danced around in mid-air enjoying the mealworms and the shelled sunflower seeds we keep stocked and available all year 'round. I like to think it was a thank-you visit from our own birdies on their way south ... and that they'll be back next summer!
Image painted by hand, digitally, and influenced by and very loosely based on several of my own photos using Corel Painter 2019, a Wacom tablet, the art pen stylus and a wide variety of beautiful digital brushes.
Fine art purchases of this image will not include a watermark, and if I may make a recommendation ... it will look its very best on the fine art paper choice of "picture rag."
December 7th, 2019
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