I did this painting a while back, totally just having fun painting, playing with colors and making up my own bird (reminds me a little of a Resplendent Quetzal). Sometimes you just need to take a break and play, no worrying about references, accuracy, or usefulness!
On Wednesday a cold front rolled in, bringing clouds and wind up to 30 mph. I had the day off so I headed out to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for the sunrise. With the cloud cover it was no great sunrise, but it was still incredibly beautiful.
I often see wild boar in the water, but seeing a raccoon was a first for me.
This birds of prey study is the Crested Caracara.
These guys are so striking, such beautiful birds! Here is one I saw at Viera Wetlands…
Another inspirational artist, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated many classics, including The Little House, a favorite of mine as evidenced by the sorry condition of my copy!
Here are some silly little Halloween owls I drew.
Another birds of prey study, this is the Peregrine Falcon.
I am happy to say we are now in the time of year where these falcons are returning to Florida for the Winter! Keep yours eyes open…
Another favorite artist and author of picture books is Arnold Lobel. Owl at Home, Frog and Toad, Mouse Soup, etc… you might think they are simple books from the “I Can Read” series, being inexpensive paperbacks with few colors, but behold the beauty inside!
Owl at Home
Owl at Home
Frog and Toad
I also loved Arnold’s wife Anita Lobel’s work, particularly Princess Furball.
I get a lot of requests for more fox paintings, so I thought a field guide would be pretty cool. There are so many different types of foxes, I didn’t even realize how many… in this field guide we have:
South American Gray Fox
Tibetan Sand Fox
More birds of prey studies here, the Red-shouldered Hawk and the Red-tailed Hawk. Hawks have a lot of different color variations, it can be difficult to identify them. To the inexperienced birder around here, the question is often… “Red-shouldered or Red-tailed?”
Also, there is an incorrect fact about the Red-tailed Hawk above. Although my Audubon guidebook stated the Red-tailed Hawk as the largest in the United States, they recently informed me that it is the largest hawk in FLORIDA and the largest hawk in the United States is actually the Ferruginous Hawk.