The bold little chickadee made it onto another Christmas painting of mine. Chickadees and cardinals are 2 birds that I really associate with winter here in Wisconsin. This recent one of mine was done on watercolor paper with a coffee wash over the top. For some reason I decided to do the stripes on the side by hand without drawing them straight with a ruler first. I'm not sure if I like the look of it, it's not as clean looking. The little bird and tree branch were done with recycled tea bags and a little bit of coffee filters ripped and glued onto the paper. Watercolor, acrylic and some homemade walnut ink were used in the stripes.
Here's my chickadee I did last year,
and here's the one from the year before. (at least I think it's a chickadee, his beak is rather large!) It's interesting to see the difference in the birds from year to year and the style I chose to use. I didn't look at these other chickadees until I started writing this post. They are all collages, but they definitely look different from each other. I'm not sure which one is my favorite, there are parts I like about all of them. Hmmm, the last 2 have a lot more orange on them, maybe they are male?
Yesterday I saw a little nuthatch on our tree. I think it is time to paint a nuthatch!