Monday, June 6, 2011

"CACTUS WREN" 6" X 6" Pastel

The Cactus Wren is one of my favorite local birds. They stay here year round and are very industrious and not as timid as some of our birds. They make many different sounds, and in the summertime we often wake up to their "voices." They like to nest in Yucca plants or cactus and their nests can be quite elaborate and labor-intensive. Here are a couple of photos my husband took around the neighborhood.
                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                       

16 comments:

  1. Darling bird--nicely done. I don't see wrens here often but we had one nest in a house last year. Noisy birds!

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  2. You are right about the noise. They seem to chatter a lot of the time, but they make such a variety of sounds that I find myself liking it. They're fun to watch especially if there are two or more. Thanks for your comments, Stephanie!

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  3. Such a sweet little bird. We had them at our former home and they come around here depending on the season. They are so tiny and fragile looking. You captured that quality and the background really serves to highlight that litle guy:)

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  4. Thank you, Libby. We have enjoyed them. This area is actually on the flyway for a lot of migrating birds. Seasonally, we have many varieties. I can see how some people really get hooked on bird watching.

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  5. Nice detail on the wren;he looks soft and fluffy. Your husband is a good photographer too.

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  6. Thanks, Melanie. I've been thankful many times for my husband's love of photography AND his willingness to share his photos with me. :)

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  7. Wrens are my favorite birds. We don't have cactus wrens here in Tennessee but the wrens we have are brave, spunky tiny birds with a clear bold voice. I love your little painting. The beautiful yellow peppers in the prior post are also wonderfully done. Such close values in such a touchy color as yellow are not an easy thing to paint.

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  8. I'm glad you like them as much as I do. They have brought many a smile to my face since we've lived here. Such kind words, Shirley. I am grateful. Your own work is incredible. It has a softness and tenderness about it, and your color combinations are beautiful. I look forward to perusing your blog often!

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  9. Dear Carol,
    How can you draw and paint a bird in such a cute & pretty way!!! Oh, my heart melt away! Thank you~~ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  10. It's very nice of you to comment, Sadami. I feel honored that you like him. This Cactus Wren is a young one not too far out of the nest.

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous Carol!

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  12. Thank you, Jane. It was a fun project to do!

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  13. Beautifully painted . . . this little bird is so dear!

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  14. Thanks so much, Lorraine.
    Wonderful to hear from you!

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  15. Hi Carol, Your little cactus wren just stepped into my heart! The pose and colors are wonderful and he is the "Star." I also enjoyed the depictions of subject matter and well thought out composition and interesting color combinations in ALL of your paintings. I am equally impressed with your beautiful representations of people. Thank you for sharing. Ellie

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  16. Goodness, Ellie. I am honored by your comments. I'm learning as I go along...each painting is a new challenge and delight (mostly.) It's just so great to be on this trip of discovery!

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