Saturday, March 27, 2010

Painting #18 - Red-bellied Woodpecker Eating Greenbriar Berries

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker devours greenbriar berries on a beautiful fall afternoon.

I watched this female Red-bellied Woodpecker plucking off these berries one at a time last fall. I knew I would get around to painting this scene sooner or later. It was my first time out after having the Swine Flu, and I was so happy to be out walking the Little Miami Trail with the birds.

This painting is part of the 100 Painting Challenge. If you're an artist and want to join the challenge, visit the 100 Painting Challenge blog hosted by Laure Ferlita. With the challenge, you try to paint 100 paintings in a year. Since I love birds, I'm limiting myself to bird paintings. To keep on track, you need to paint about 2 paintings a week. I've fallen a bit behind. I should be on painting #24, but I'm only on 18. The past month has been crazy busy, but I've get to get it in gear!!

15 comments:

Renee said...

I really like this one Kelly, it looks so alive! :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love it Kelly... I hope you win!!!!

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Kelly said...

Thanks, Renee!!

Betsy...thank you....it's nothing you can win. The challenge is to paint 100 paintings in a year. I'm painting 100 bird paintings (of course...). The challenge is with yourself. I hope I can paint 100 in a year. It comes out to about 2 a week. I should be up to 24...I'm only on 18! Yikes, I better get painting!

Jayne said...

She's lovely Kelly!

Wanda said...

Being only six behind, I'm sure you aren't discouraged, Kelly and will catch up. Your paintings and photos are always so special!

Michelle Palmer said...

Very sweet!

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful! You are so talented. Keep at it!

Cherrie said...

Very pretty!

Bird Girl said...

OH when I see these paintings it does something deep within - I so wish I could get the nerve to try this! I LOVE this one. I've often watched the red-bellies eating berries and even hiding them in the trees for their babies to get at a later time - so neat! I hope you catch up - for selfish reasons - I love seeing your work!

Heather said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Kelly. I just love Red-bellied's! Oh, and I loved the photos of the eaglets, too, especially the ones where she had her head cocked upside down - those were a hoot!

Chris said...

Fantastic once again!

Tammie Lee said...

the spaciousness around your painting really brings the bird to life. I can feel it loving those berries as food.

Ginnymo said...

You are so talented Kelly! This is a beautiful painting!! Happy Spring! And Happy Easter!

Johnny Nutcase said...

aw, this is so great! beautifully done! I might be encouraged to start painting again..maybe, i need more patience! Love it!

RuthieJ said...

Great job! I love RB Woodpeckers! It's so fun to hear them chattering in my backyard.