Digital Art - Digital Art / Photography Based Digital Hand-painting
This little bluebird and his family have made our backyard their winter headquarters this year ... and we're thrilled. Though he has a pretty sour expression on his face at the moment, his unhappiness is understandable. It's January, it's incredibly cold, it had just snowed (no snow on the limbs of the maple tree as the wind was ferocious), and ... worse yet ... the starlings had just arrived. Apparently a bus-load of starlings, in fact. I'll post some images of these voracious guys, too ... they are funny, but they do know how to clean out a feeder in short order. Though I've been diligent keeping the feeders full, with half a dozen aggressive starlings fighting each other and anybody else who happens by, I think you can appreciate Mr. Bluebird's expression.
An interesting note to my bird-loving friends. Contrary to popular wisdom, eastern bluebirds WILL eat at feeders. Normally insectivores and lovers of wild berries, they actually love shelled sunflower seeds and chips. I originally bought the shelled seeds to protect the plantings under our feeders (the shells have a poison that my hydrangea don't like) ... but the added benefit is the flocking to our feeders of these darling little bluebirds. And by the way, though you may think ounce for ounce, that the shelled chips / seeds are about twice as expensive, you have to factor in the additional useless weight of the shells. All things considered, they're actually probably about the same price in terms of usable product. And they don't wilt the hydrangeas!!
I hand-painted "The Bluebird Of Unhappiness," digitally, loosely based on a photo I recently took in my backyard. To hear their sweet song and learn a little more about them, I encourage you to visit: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Bluebird/id
Fine art purchases of this image will not include a watermark, and if I may make a recommendation ... this image will look its very best on the fine art paper choice of "picture rag."
January 31st, 2019
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