the bird lady

For a few days this week, I've been standing quietly in the yard trying to get the little birds used to me. I'm trying to feed them by hand. I'm not really sure why I'm doing this. I've been enjoying watching more and more of them congregate in the crab apple tree in the middle of the yard; hopping from the tree to the feeder hanging from the garage and back to the crab apple tree or into the neighboring spruce trees that line the west side of the yard. I like bird watching. Maybe it's years of walks in the woods in the Red Deer River Valley, or the excitement of visitors to the Kerry Wood Nature Center when I worked there; as they reported their sightings to me on their walk through the bird sanctuary while Gerswhin and I manned the visitors desk on weekends. I keep meaning to get a book on birds, so I can identify the ones in the yard. There are the usual chirpers; sparrows, black-capped chickadees....but there were these really cool brown speckled ones today with longer fan shaped tails. What are they? I'm going to find out, and get them used to me. They are already used to Luke and Gershwin. They no longer flee the yard when I let the dogs out. The snow in underneath the feeder and the crab apple tree is littered with the casings of black oil sunflower seeds. It's hilarious; these little guys are so messy. But then I think of the mess I leave whenever I eat toast....and honestly, it's just as bad. Truly. I started and finished the album artwork for Del Barber's new album this week. It's already gone and being scanned or whatever happens to it in order for it to be turned into the cover for CD's, LP's and iTunes thumbnails. So, that was fun.

Then I finished these two adorable portrait commissions which also happen to be the 2d last commissions before Christmas. Huzzah!

a644_thatcrazyhair

'that crazy hair'

mixed media on canvas, 12" x 12"

commission

a645_thelittlereddress

'the little red dress'

mixed media on canvas, 12" x 12"

commission

This year certainly has been the year for portrait commissions. The commission I am currently working on is also a portrait commission. I had better decide what I want to get better at painting for next year, before a new string of commissions starts coming in for 2014. I'd like to get better at knitting, but that is something just for me and the Bearded Dude to reap the benefits of....and maybe some close friends. But then, who knows? For now I'll finish up projects for this year, work on feeding the backyard birds from my hand and knitting projects for our wee family. That should keep me out of trouble for the next month or so.

Maybe. ;)