The sketching work now completed, it’s time to get out the oil paints and brushes. Day by day, I hope to gradually bring the stallions into 3-D. I won’t be using black light either, such as the government has so cleverly done on the pages within new Canadian passports. The horses will appear to breathe by means of colour – shades of colour. First I’ll begin by brushing in an out-of-focus background. That will save reworking the edges of the horses later on.
Meanwhile, the chickadees visiting Cedar Hollow are busily focused on keeping their tummies full during this unusually cold winter. They grab a sunflower seed in their beak, fly over to a branch of the pear tree, and pound out their high-protein meal, clutching the hard-shelled seed between their toes. When outside, I love to hear the staccato rhythm!
The powerful beaks of the cardinals make their mealtime a much easier affair.