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



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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.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dog portrait in oil - "Ashley"




"Ashley"

Oil Painting on canvas



I have been away from blogging for some time now since I lost the hard drive on my old computer.  I am finally getting back to work and have quite a few new paintings to post.  Taking a little break from my usual "bird" oil paintings, I painted this little "dog" above as a Christmas gift for a friend.

This is "Ashley."  She is a beautiful rescue "puppy" that my friend adopted.  She was actually adopted the same day I also rescued a small dog.  My little dog, unfortunately had been infected by the Parvo virus and became terribly ill and passed away within the week I had adopted her.  

Ashley, on the other hand is doing quite well and is a mixed breed, perhaps with some Australian Shepard in the mix.  Her hair is soft and has beautiful shades of reds, blond and brown.  I decided she would make a great subject to paint.

Here is an in-progress photo of her on my easel.  I had taken some earlier images of the in-progress painting, however they seem to have gotten lost when my computer crashed.




Now......I've got to get back to the "birds"   My next show is opening very soon.

The "Celebration of Fine Art" opens on January 11th, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barbara Rudolph