Saturday, March 08, 2008

Pileated Woodpeckers and Roosters

The day after I posted the last update we saw a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers come to the tree nearest the kitchen window, then fly to the back of the yard. They hung around that tree for about ten minutes, during which time we all three stayed glued to the window and kept passing the binoculars back and forth. How wonderful! The night before we sat outside and observed the beautiful lunar eclipse. :)

Since then we've had a quiet two weeks of school, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Today it turned cold, however! We woke to snow flurries and wind, and the temperature never got above 43. For this Alabama gal that is quite cold!

Our neighbors have two very colorful roosters, and they wander into our yard occasionally. They rarely come close enough or stand still long enough for me to do more than brief sketches, but I love seeing all the color on them! I'm going to continue to try to capture them in my sketchbook and enjoy the process. What beautiful birds!

Last night I roughly sketched my grandmother's very pretty bread board. The sketch doesn't do it justice, but it's got a ring of carving around the edge. I keep it because it was hers, but I don't use it. :)

I haven't done any actual painting lately, but I sure have been enjoying sketching!


m said...

Stumbled in and just wanted to say hi. These are lovely. Keep it up!

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PamYla said...

Very nice paintings!

PamYla said...

Very nice paintings!

Leslie said...

Thank you! :)

"Philomere" said...


I just love your artwork! I have to commission a dogwood from you sometime soon... sometimes I really miss the South!

no way said...

Love the woodpeckers! How lucky for you that they're so close to your home.

Nice drawings!

Bonny said...

Great drawings, Leslie! How nice you get to see wild birds that close to your home.

I love your grandmother's bread board! Things with a personal history are so precious. Those are things you can't buy in a store. You did a lovely sketch of it.