Friday, August 16, 2013

"The Goldfinch Sonata" - oil painting of goldfinch on violin




 "The Goldfinch Sonata"

 This is a brand new "oil painting" of two little "goldfinch" sitting on a "violin."  I love to paint "birds" in still-life settings, and often with "musical instruments." I have these pretty little birds all over my backyard now because I have been feeding them for a couple of years.  I manage to get quite a few wonderful photographs of them right through my window.  I frequently use dark backgrounds in my "oil paintings" and these little yellow birds show up quite nice in my compositions.

I took this photo of one of my little goldfinch friends about a week ago.  We actually had a little rain that day which was a nice treat since it's been well over 100 degrees here.



This new oil painting, "The Goldfinch Sonata" measures 8 x 10".  I also am doing "limited edition giclees on canvas" of them. They look wonderful unframed on an easel too.  I just got them back from my printer and they look fabulous. (The photos here read a little dark - I just took them this morning rather quickly.)  The original oil painting is also for sale, and I am planning on showing it at the next "Celebration of Fine Art" show in January.  

"The Goldfinch Sonata" original painting is custom framed in the most beautiful "Italian moulding."  It is a little sneak preview of the upcoming "Celebration of Fine Art show".  It takes me all summer and fall to produce enough new paintings for this amazing show...and I always save my favorite pieces for it. - so you wont find it on my website quite yet. 



If you are interested in one of the limited editions, please contact me for more information.

Barbara Rudolph
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Backyard Tips

Lesser Goldfinches readily come to feeders along with other finches such as American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. These small finches eat many kinds of seeds from the sunflower family, including the thin-hulled seeds of nyjer thistle.

Find This Bird

Look for Lesser Goldfinches among large flocks of birds at feeder stations, and near the tops of taller trees in scrubby habitats. The all-black cap on the Lesser is a good clue to distinguishing among mixed goldfinch groups. Also keep an eye out for bright yellow birds in weedy fields clinging to the top of thistle plants that have gone to seed.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Boston Tea Party" Painting of chickadee on teacups



I just finished this small oil painting called "The Boston Tea Party."  It was inspired by a recent vacation to Boston and New York.  I will be producing small giclee prints of this painting on 7 x 7" boards to match a couple of my other tea paintings.

I am now taking orders for this new giclee.  The price is $ 85.00 and I will take care of the shipping in the US, for a limited time.  If you are an Arizona resident, there will be a little tax added.  (Total $92.48)

There were so many wonderful shops and galleries in Boston.  The two red and white "teacups" that I painted in this piece were from a beautiful shop called "Devonia" on Charles St. in downtown Boston.  The sales woman allowed me to take a few photographs of these two lovey "teacups."  The "chickadee" is also the state bird of Massachusetts.

Send me an email if you would like to order "The Boston Tea Party" by August 25th to ensure delivery in early September.  It will also make a perfect gift for someone.

(Sorry...this time the easels are not included with your order) 

Barbara Rudolph