Friday, December 27, 2013

The Sunflower Sparrow - oil painting with sunflower and sparrow

"The Sunflower Sparrow"

oil on canvas

I just finished this small oil painting with a "sparrow" sitting on a "sunflower."  The colors are bright and cheerful, and it measures 8 x 10".  I will have it framed this week and it will be available at the upcoming "Celebration of Fine Art Show" which opens on January 11th.

Barbara Rudolph


Sunflower seeds are a favorite for attracting birds:

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus):
Attracting Birds
Black-oiled Sunflower Seeds
The black-oiled-sunflower seeds are grown commercially for their oils which are pressed from the seeds. Margarine is one of the main products produced from the oils, unlike the white-striped sunflower seeds that produce lower amounts of oil and are grown for human consumption.
Sunflower seeds are without a doubt, the most popular birdseed among the largest group of bird species. Sunflower seeds come in two types, the smaller variety called the black-oil sunflower seed and the larger variety called the (gray or white)striped sunflower seed.

The smaller black-oiled sunflower seed is the overall favorite because of a weaker outer shell casing, which smaller birds have an easier time removing. The white-striped sunflower seeds were the earlier variety and the most popular seed before the black-oiled sunflower seeds took over. The black-oiled sunflower seed has a higher ratio of meat per seed than the white-striped sunflower seed variety. Attracting birds such as Black-capped Chickadees, Nuthatches, Juncos, Sparrows, Goldfinches, all other finches in general, Grosbeaks, Doves, Cardinals, Woodpeckers and Red-winged Blackbirds, making it the most popular choice of birdseed to offer.

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