Five Day Challenge

It’s our Anniversary, I have a commission to finish, but I couldn’t help myself and had to sign up for a 5-day, 20 minute challenge hosted by Mary Gilkerson on Facebook.

Set a timer for 20 minutes and paint……..

Thought it would be a good way to try out the acrylic paints the Easter bunny left for me! It was more like 30 minutes as I hadn’t much prepared for the challenge. Like the bird, the background so, so.

In addition to being mesmerized at how the acrylics compared to my watercolors, there was paint on my elbows, every paint brush in sight and the back of this painting. I’m thinking it has something to do with a learning curve!

We’ll go about things a bit differently tomorrow.

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Florida Bird – Number Four

The fourth in my series of Florida birds. Everyone’s favorite….the Roseate Spoonbill.

Not sure the thrill of seeing this bird in the wild will ever wear off. Always delightful,whether scooping dinner through it’s strangely shaped beak, or on the wing in a Florida sunset.

I have a commission to do next, but I’m considering the following Florida birds for my next in the series: Swallow-tailed Kite, Sandhill Cranes, Scrub Jay, or Crested Caracara. Any votes?

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Florida Birds – Number 3

Number 3 in my series, the striking Purple Gallinule.

These birds are often seen on the boardwalks at the Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida. Definitely a fan favorite, and a life bird for many who are visiting the area. They are often seen straddling the Alligator flags and definitely enjoy the flowers produced by this plant.

This painting will be at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center, 999 Center Road, Sarasota, Florida, from now until the end of May. The Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.

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Florida Bird – Number Two

While not the rarest of birds that can be seen in the Sarasota area, it’s certainly enjoyable to watch their antics as they catch their dinner or try to beg scraps from the men cleaning fish at the docks. And, the last two paintings I sold were Pelicans.

This painting can currently be seen live and in person at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center, 999 Center Road in Sarasota fro 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m daily.

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