Monday, October 11, 2010


We have a lot of cottontails, which I always refer to as "bunnies."  These 2 were waiting for me to come to my studio yesterday. They're normally OK with my presence close by and I just happend to have my camera. Imagine that!

This one below didn't want to use any energy to run, it just flopped down and got comfortable!  They're way up there on the "cuteness" scale.

The family seems to be settling in.  Kittie is OK with it all, but I do get a little nervous when the tail playing starts.

I have a landscape painting to show you in my next post - stay tuned!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hill Country Fall Beauty -- New Helper

I was in the middle of the beautiful Texas Hill Country last week.  Fredericksburg is beautiful any time of year, but after our mild and wet summer, it's gorgeous now!  I have a few photos I want to share with you this morning.  More to come soon!

The field behind our lodge was full of these yellow beauties:

This elk was magnificent!  When he bellowed after his harem, I couldn't believe how loud it was:

The view is beautiful no matter which direction you look. 

They insisted on coming along: More to come!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Clay Pot Oil painting, Vermillion Fly Catcher and Helpers

Clay Pot With Red Flowers will be in my October Exhibit at Lee-Bunch Gallery in Del Rio, Texas.

Clay Pot with Red Flowers, Oil painting, Jean Levert Hood

Jean Levert Hood, Clay Pot With Red Flowers, 16x20, Oil on Linen

I think the most brilliantly colored bird we have is the Vermillion Flycatcher. I have 3 shots for you, they're all taken at a distance and not as clear as I'd like.  This small bird sits in the same spot on the far patio fence each morning just about coffee time.  We see this beauty in the summer and breeding time.

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It hasn't yet come to the bird bath where I can get a better photo, but sits facing the field.  We have a watering hole for the animals just outside of the fence, maybe he's watching for insects there.  They do like open water, so this would be a better option than the morning crowd at the birdbath.

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He's a beacon of neon red/orange!  This one below is a tad fuzzy, but the best my lens can do.

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Now, I have an important Studio Update:  

Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time know that I started with just 2 helpers.  Two.  They worked out fine.  No problems.  Then, a friend came to visit - again fine - and then she decided to stay.  Ok, I have a lot of studio work to be done, so that has worked out too.  Soon they wanted a kitty.  Fine, got them a kitty. I was a little concerned with kitty, but she doesn't jump on furniture or my palette, so all is fine again.  

Well, remember how I said there was an awful lot of "High Five-ing" going on????    Now I know why.  I really don't know what to say at this point and will have to get back to you later.  They wanted 2 portraits:

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prickly Pear Oil Painting, Fawns, Antelope, Birds and a Bunny

"Prickly Pear in Shadow" is a new oil painting.

Jean Levert Hood, ©2010, Prickly Pear in Shadow, Oil, 12x9

This piece will be in my exhibit at Lee-Bunch Gallery in Del Rio, Texas for October.

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I love how the antelope are lined up here. They generally take center stage under the feeders.  The deer don't seem to mind and move away.  You can see the twin fawns below:

My beautiful picture

and this one shows three fawns!  (I had to size it down so blogger wouldn't crop off the one on the right.)

My beautiful picture

I see these 3 fawns every day.  They come to the feeder in front of the house several times a day with their moms.  We have 7 fawns in this area, but I've only seen them all on 2 occasions.  Two others are showing up several times a week, but 2 stay away for the most part.  I've also caught another set of twins on the game camera in another pasture.

We've had good weather and rains this year, not too hot and lots of rain.  The animals have a lot to eat and all look so healthy. The next shot shows the male antelope's horns, they're growing so much this summer.

My beautiful picture

I'm continually amazed at the brilliant colors of our birds.  These two are waiting their turn at the fountain.

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Birds and bunnies are happy to drink together.


I've been seeing "High Five" around here like crazy, I'm not sure what's going on. Stay tuned.........


Friday, September 17, 2010

Sagebrush in bloom, Ice cream!

The sagebrush has been a little strange lately, 1/2 blooming, stopping, not really in a full run towards flowering.. But this one, just outside of my studio is giving me a great show every day.

It's full of blooms yet to open, so it should be much fuller soon.  This particular bush is light violet.  When the hillside we over look from the patio is covered with sage in bloom, it's awesome.  It's such a treat to see whole pastures brilliantly colored like this! 

The flowers range from a very light violet to a vivid deep violet.  Here and there you'll see a white bush, but really, it's not a pretty show like the violets.

You'll hear it called both "Cenizo" and "Ceniza."  More common names in this area are Sage, Sagebrush and Purple Sage.  The light silvery gray leaves always stand out when backed by the greens of the pastures.

Deer browse the sage if their normal food supply is sparse.  Butterflies are loving the blooms, you can find 3 or 4 different types right now, all happily enjoying!

They wanted ice cream.    Kittie likes vanilla. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chicken Oil Painting and Mystery Bird!

Ok, I admit it, I have trouble naming paintings.  For right now, this one is named "Chicken."  Yes, I know how lame that is - I'm hoping for something creative to pop into my brain!
Chicken, Oil Painting, Jean Levert Hood
Jean Levert Hood ©2010 Chicken, Oil, 9x12

This is another paintings I'll be exhibiting at Lee-Bunch Gallery in Del Rio, Texas next month. 
Once again, I have to say that I have no idea what the bird is:
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It's most like the Tanagers in my book (and I checked all three of my books!) and about that size, but the coloring isn't right for either the Hepatic Tanager or the Summer Tanager.  Any help would be appreciated!  I've not spotted this one again.

He seems to be saying, "What?  You're taking more photos?!"

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Here's one of my gorgeous zinnias:

zinnia 1  Below is the male Pyrrhuloxia.  It's a relative of the Cardinal and stays here year round.

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They enjoy the birds so much, too!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rooster Oil Painting

I'm not sure why my painting didn't show up in this morning's blog, but I'm going to try again.  After all, I know you wouldn't want to miss one of my paintings!!

Jean Levert Hood, ©2010 Rooster, Oil, 9x12

This is one of the paintings I'll be exhibiting at Lee-Bunch Gallery in Del Rio, Texas next month.  I'm grateful to be their featured artist for October.  I'll have a number of paintings on display for you to see. 

Rooster Oil Painting, Egret and Roadrunner

"Rooster" is a new oil painting.  I had way too much fun with color and texture on this painting!

One Happy Rooster, oil painting, Jean Levert Hood

Jean Levert Hood, ©2010 Rooster, Oil, 9x12

This is one of the paintings I'll be exhibiting at Lee-Bunch Gallery in Del Rio, Texas next month.  I'm grateful to be their featured artist for October.  I'll have a number of paintings there for you to see. 

I love egrets and herons.  We have Great Blue Herons and Great White Herons. It's wonderful to see them flying to and from Lake Jean.  Very occasionally they'll stay and rest in the trees.  This smaller heron, a Cattle Egret visited the patio!

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How about the size of those claws! (hmmmm, just realized how crooked my photo is!)

What a photo op!  It stayed around for the longest time and I took tons of photos.  I went about my day and was later amazed to see it was still here - in the shade on the patio.  Watching it hang out with a Roadrunner was just plain fun! I'll only show you a few photos here, don't worry!  And no, we don't have cattle.

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This bird pranced around in so many poses ~ I like this one above, kind of sneaking.

This is my favorite, enjoying the shade with the Roadrunner.   Ohhh, I do wish that the hose wouldn't have cluttered up this shot, but, I can say that I'm a painter, not a photographer!  They were quite content to share the shade of the wild persimmon tree.

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My bird book says this is the "Greater Roadrunner."  It's a member of the cuckoo family and lives up to it's name darting here and there.

 I know it's hot and bright, they had to bring out their glitter shades again.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures occasionally sit on the patio fence, but this one came inside of the patio.

His huge size is apparent perched on the bird house tree!

I tried to get a close up so you can see the color on his head.  These were shot from inside of the house, looking into a bright morning light - not the best, but the best I could get.  Hope you enjoy!

I'm posting these photos from my Posterous blog, which will automatically post to my regular blog at Blogger. Post from Posterous will look a little different from my regular post (and won't have a photo of my helpers, ....sigh...) but this will let me send short post quickly.  This is  test post, so please bear with me as I make sure all of this will come out right!