Friday, July 26, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
|A mass of flying birds!|
|A Cliff Swallow looking over it's shoulder|
|Banking to the right|
|Two birds with one photo|
Skimming the water's surface
|Immature Barn Swallow- perching is much easier to photograph!|
|Two Cliff Swallows (I believe) with another of my|
favorite summer birds a Scissor-tailed flycatcher
|Noth'n but Blue Skies!|
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Yesterday was Jacob and my 5th wedding anniversary! We had a lovely day together with a nice birding/dog walk, games of scrabble, pizza, and just being together. I can't believe five years have already past: five years in Austin (since we moved here right after our wedding), nearly five years at the Nature Center, five years working on a PhD (that's Jacob of course- and we have the end in sight), five years learning TX birds, five years helping each other and making a life together. I'm so lucky to have such a great husband. I love you, Jacob!
Friday, July 12, 2013
Good Luck in New York, Jess!
On this pair of paintings, I realized that sometimes it's hard not to make the birds look angry. It's because they have a brow above their eye and on a person it would indicate fierceness. Their bills are so rigid, and doesn't make the shape of a smile. I've had this problem with hawks, too. Chickens are another bird that sometimes looks angry in pictures, but sometimes I think they really are angry! I want to make the painting as realistic as possible, but the aesthetics of the painting are important, too. Would you want to hang a picture of an angry bird in your house? I would love to hear if you've had this problem and what you do about it.