“Almost Empty” 6×6 in.
This is the same little wren’s nest that I used in the previous nest painting. Isn’t it amazing how color and lighting change the mood? The possibilities (one of my favorite words) are endless. Sorry about the reflection in the photo…should have taken a better one, but….I’d rather start another painting.
Two years ago, a family of swallows built a nest on our back porch. Last year, a family of flycatchers moved in and raised their young. The day the babies perched on the edge of the nest and the parents fussed and fussed at them to jump, I put all the dogs and cats in the house to give them as good a chance as possible to make it. They all did and the whole family has stayed around and are doing as their name implies, I hope; catching flies. On a cold, drizzly day, this one perched on a branch in the rain long enough for me to take lots of pictures.
(I’m not 100% sure this is a flycatcher. There is not as much yellow on its breast as in the field guide photo. Maybe because it’s winter. If you know exactly what kind of bird it is, please let me know.)
Here’s a little sample of what I’ve been up to. David found this tiny nest on the ground (we’d never take one out of a tree…the birds sometimes reuse nests from year to year) and brought it to me to either paint or put in my “dead area” as he calls it. I call it my nature collection. Whatever you want to call it, he finds the best things to put in it.
p.s. The eggs did not come with it. These porcelain eggs are just filling in. Hopefully, the little wrens that hatched in this nest will be back in the Spring.