In November, when I participated in the Square Exhibition, I painted a couple of cardinals sitting on a sumac branch.
This painting was at the request of my friend who wanted to offer it as a gift for her life partner.
When her sister saw the painting, she fell in love with it and also wanted one similar. I told her I don’t do copies so she told me to just make her a new painting with what I wanted to paint but including birds.
This person is very vibrant so I felt the painting also had to make a statement.
This is the result and I am quite happy with it.
We often see cardinals around our place and they are beautiful birds. They live about 15 years in the wild. The males sport the bright red color which is key to their mating success, the brighter, the better, while the females’ plumage is tan or grey.
Pairs mate for life and males feed their partners as they incubate clutches of eggs—usually three per season. They also do this as a bonding behaviour and will feed the female beak to beak after collecting food.
Birds are hard to paint but also fun and I enjoy giving them personality.
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