Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cardinals in the Snow

"The Missus"
watercolor on arches hot press
It's my thing to see more color than may actually be there, when I paint and although this female Cardinal is looking a bit tropical, I really see these colors in her.  The male's incredible scarlet color is arresting but the beautiful golden feathers of the female are complimented by dusky purple grays and rusty maroon tail feathers. She really sparkles. 
I'm loving watching all these birds in the snow.

11 comments:

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Very pretty. I do like the color in this piece.

CrimsonLeaves said...

How beautiful she is! Just love your style, Mary!

art by Michael Perchard said...

I also love your style and your colors Mary!
Happy to see the female cardinal get her due!
I certainly agree with you that both are so very beautiful for different and wonderful reasons.
Nice work!
Michael

Lisa Graham Art said...

Beautiful painting. I too love the female cardinals and their orange beaks seem to really glow when there is snow.

myra anderson said...

these are all so beautiful!
love the birds and the sharks 0 beautiful!

Page Railsback said...

This is just plain beautiful The handling of the bird..the fresh quality of the paint and confidence in the marks.LOVE LOVE this painting MSW...Talk about magic!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Just like magic. Lovely and sparkly!

Taryn Day said...

I envy your way with color, Mary. This is really beautiful.

laura said...

Hello, Mary. Thank you for visiting my blog and your helpful comments--I'm going to try your suggestions.
I really love this painting--all the colors, the energy, and the unique vision it represents.

Sue Marrazzo said...

I like your painting style!!!!

Sand Hill Art said...

I've always thought that the female cardinal was just as beautiful in her own quiet way. There's a lesson somewhere in this.