The Blue Tit is a native British bird common in gardens, parks and woodland. I have pictured him on a hawthorn branch. They have a three year life span and feed on insects, caterpillars, fruit, seeds and berries. This painting was done from a photograph taken by a friend.
This gourd was an interesting subject to paint with all the lumps and bumps!
A departure from my normal subject matter of plants today. I have been watching these redwings recently in the trees outside my windows. They are very attractive birds with their plumage resembling a thrush and the red streaks under their wings. They are related to the thrush but smaller. They feast on berries and one of their favourites are the rowan berries which I have painted . They migrate to the UK in the winter from the colder climates of Iceland and Scandinavia where they spend the warmer months.
A watercolour collection of autumn finds from our weekend walks in Surrey
I completed this painting today by adding the seed heads. The iris was painted in June but the seed heads were not formed until September. It was an interesting subject to paint and I particularly enjoyed the seed heads.