Saturday, May 24, 2008

Painted Bunting, New Oil Painting

There are large glass doors on our patio. With too much frequency, birds fly into them. I'm constantly amazed that most fly right away, just after I hear the loud thud. Occasionally they stay on the patio for a few minutes until they get their bearings again.

After one of those thuds, this male painted bunting stayed and posed for me. I've always been fascinated by this little bird. It's about the size of a sparrow, and the colors are a bit unbelievable. I think that God threw tiny little buckets of paint, all different colors, and delighted in where they fell!

So, you know that I had to paint it!

This is 8 inches tall by 10 inches wide, and will be available for sale after it dries a bit more. (There's some pretty thick paint on this one.) I'm considering this a "study," and as such the price will be $100.00. I will paint one a little larger soon, and get a little more free with the paint.

The female is green, and the bunting likes to hang out in the brush. They love our patio fountain. It has 3 tiers of water, and all of the birds love it. April - October is this bunting's Texas stay.

So, until next time!

31 comments:

Linda Blondheim said...

Jean,
What an extraordinary little bird. Your painting is beautiful. I would imagine that birding enthuiasts would love your blog.
Love,
Linda
www.lindablondheimartnotes.blogspot.com

Melody said...

Beautiful Jean. The colours just sing to me.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! The bunting and your painting are beautiful.

Janis

Jean Levert Hood said...

Linda, thank you so much for stopping in. I have one birder who checks in with me now and then!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Melody, thank you so much. I love working with color, and this little guy just gave me total license!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Janis! Thanks so much!!

Sue B said...

my gosh I have never seen such a colorful little bird. Your rendition of it is wonderful!

The Artful Eye said...

Jean, I am speechless. I wouldn't believe such a lovely painterly bird existed without this photo.

Your oil rendition is magnificent.

Enjoy the time you have with these lovely birds.

Jessie said...

I've never seen or heard of a painted bunting before! That little fellow is gorgeous, and so is your painting! Thanks so much for sharing.

Jessie

kimbuktu said...

Oh my, I did not know there was such a bird, spectacular! You did a great job rendering him too.

ZudaGay said...

What a gorgeous bird!!! We have Indigo Buntings in this area...but they are kind of rare to see. I would love to see one of these little gems! Your painting catches his beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing him with us!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Sue, he is so amazing! We have a number of them around the patio. We saw 5 males at one time a week ago! that is a record.

Sixsisters said...

What gorgeous color !! I love the painting as I do all
of your work.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Artful, I knew if I didn't post the photo, many would think I made him up!! It's such a different little creature. Thank you so much for that compliment. It means a lot.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Jessie! I was so excited to be able to share this one! I'm glad you stopped by.

Jean Levert Hood said...

Thank you, Joan! I'm so glad you stopped by!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Kim, I'm really enjoying all of the comments on this blog, it seems the little bunting is quite a hit!!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Zuda, we are on the migrating path of the indigo buntings, but I go years without seeing one. They are so pretty, but yes, elusive!

cynthia said...

Is that bird real??? It looks like someone got ahold of him and gave him a good dye job!

Fantastic, Jean.

Nancy Medina said...

Jean, that little bird looks like he took a bath on your painting palette - so cute and your painting is just wonderful.
hugs from toasty texas,
Nancy

John said...

My comment flew away like a rare bird - wil try again

Excellent cvolors - trhis is a hjard bird to paint ticne it ius so gaudy that it seems unreal....excellent.

The female bunting has a rare beauty as well - the yellow green is sublime.

My best....

david santos said...

Very nice, my friend, very nice!
have a good day

Jean Levert Hood said...

Cynthia, I figured if I didn't post a photo, my readers would think I made him up!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Nancy, I love that way of putting it, a bath on my palette! It's fun to be able to use so many colors straight from the tube!

Jean Levert Hood said...

John, you are right about the female, she's in a class by herself! I'm so glad you stopped by! Your bird post is pretty awesome too!

Jean Levert Hood said...

David, thank you for visiting! And a good day to you.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi jean
i love your paintings! your bird is wonderful! i am glad i found your blog and etsy store from nancy medina's blog.
have a great day!
melissa

Jean Levert Hood said...

Melissa and Emmitte, thank you for stopping in. I'm glad you found my blog!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Jean,

This is a lovely painting and the photo is incredible!!!!

~ Diane Clancy
www.DianeClancy.com/blog
www.YourArtMarketing.com

Jean Levert Hood said...

Thank you, Diane!

Diane ~Ever so Dear jewelry artisan said...

The colorful Painted Bunting & your painting just took my breath away! I'm a bird lover, but alas the Painted Bunting doesn't come to Vermont, so it was with great joy to see it up close. Thank you so very much for sharing! :)
Diane