Swallows Wing

Swallows Wing @ eva wojcik

Sakura & “other”  pen on 130 lb  watercolor paper 17″ x 13″

Some uplifting bird color and high-flying energy seems to be in order. Can you imagine a world without birds? What would it be like without their varied songs and kaws? I suppose squirrels would be thrilled to be the feeder guests of choice if they did not have to compete with avians for seed meals.  While I’ve been seeing and hearing a number of my favorite sparrows and geese with tough attitudes–I have noticed a decline in variety and volume these recent mornings.  I attribute this to the loss of about half the nearby local trees.  Fewer places to nest and roost means fewer birds.  Hence there is consderably less joy in the dawn time.  What have you noticed about the resident  birds in your neck of the urban woods?

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28 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    April 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    This is one of my favorites so far! Just Gorgeous.

  2. lesliepaints said,

    April 12, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I have always loved this painting and regard it one of your best. Great to see it again. I have many many birds, here. Probably because I started feeding them this winter because it was so harsh. I even have a pair of nuthatches that started visiting the other day. I have seen sparrows of all sorts, even little juncos. I have a pair of house finches, a pair of cardinals that are the most colorful I have ever seen, robins a many. There are goldfinch coming and going at the thistle feeder. There are several varieties of large blackbirds who seem to only like the suet. I saw three blue jays today, two males and a female which I thought was odd as they are pretty territorial. There is a pair of mourning doves who visit morning and evening. I never see them mid day. Also apair of squirrels, of course who make me laugh as they hang upside down and try to get into the feeders. They have their own cobs that I hang in the treesbut they seem to want what everyone else likes, also. Ido get hummingbirds, but don’t usually see them until the honeysuckel blooms. So, that’s that…..I’m fortunate and hope I can keep budgeting for feed.

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

      Thank you, Leslie. I sort of pegged you for a bird lover. They’re fortunate to have you looking out for their needs.

  3. Artswebshow said,

    April 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, nothing more to say

  4. flyingunibrow said,

    April 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Damn! That’s some painting there! :o

  5. Meg said,

    April 13, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I have noticed a returning of birds. My yard is surrounded by maples, oaks, sycamore and arbor vitae. They love the arbor vitae because it offers much protection. Right next to the thick evergreen trees I have feeders, and I refill them a couple times a week with black oil sunflower seeds and song bird mix I have a pair of doves, frequent crows (they like suet), a cardinal couple, yellow finches and chickadees, plus some other bird that has a two whistle one whistle song but I have yet to see as it sings so I don’t know what it is exactly. One thing I do due to shrinking habitat is feed all year. And all year we have birds at the feeder. I have bird things all over my house and paint them frequently.

    I think your piece is one of the most beautiful bird paintings I have seen in a long time. Glorious. Thank you for sharing your art with us!!!!!!

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:44 am

      Thank you for enjoying my art so much, Meg.
      Thank you for feeding our winged friends all the time.
      Merci.
      Namaste.

  6. lazfreedman said,

    April 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    love this ..
    Peace,
    Laz

  7. Melissa said,

    April 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Yes, fewer birds than there once were. Still, I’m heartened that we seem to host a resident pairing of cardinals every year. The male sits at the tip-top of the weeping cherry where the first rays of the sun hit and sings his heart out. There’s a blue heron in the inlet and I see him from time to time, as well as geese, ducks, and turkey vultures. Oh, and many seagulls, of course.

    I love your painting. It reminds me of the tail they gave one of the dancers in the Pacific Northwest Ballet production of “Nutcracker.”

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:47 am

      Oh Melissa–herons are wonderful to watch fly.
      Interesting connection of birds from your experience. I like it.
      Gracias.

  8. Patricia said,

    April 14, 2011 at 6:23 am

    What a lovely, soaring painting.
    Here in the big city Berlin the blackbirds have started singing all night, even in winter, because the city lights never let it get dark. It feels weird sometimes.

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

      O Patrica–blackbirds singing in the night—now there’s a poem. And how surreal to experience. Wow. Weird–but also wonderful. Have you ever walked the streets at night when they’re singing?
      Thank you.

  9. roxie said,

    April 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Gorgeous! and no, I cannot imagine a world without our fab feathered friends! They honor us with nearby nests, soothe us with their singing, and grace us with their beauty. How grey our world would be without these wonderful winged creatures. My garden is a respite for them, I offer food, drink, and safety, and in turn they visit, stay, and brighten my landscape. I’d say I get the better deal. ;)

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

      Oh Roxie–hmm–yes, that song is playing in my mind–LOL. So glad you offer a respite of a garden for our feathered relations. They are quite delightful in their own rights. OOOO I like “Gorgeous!” Thank you.

  10. artistatexit0 said,

    April 17, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Nice painting with its range of intense colors! I can’t imagine a world without birds and eagerly look forward to spring migration. Because the Ohio River has been so high this season, it has been more difficult to look for birds in the place I know best. I have read, that yes, bird species are on the decline with some formerly common species becoming scarcer.

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

      Hello Al. To be honest this is not paint but ink. Yep, Japanese Sakura Brush tip pens. LOL. They do achieve that “paint” appearance nicely though.
      As for the decline–just being observant I think we all would notice their absence. What are we going to do?

  11. Monica said,

    April 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Love this, too. Our geese pair who nest at the swimming pool have not arrived this year. The male is quite a character. I always look forward to seeing them and hope they are OK.

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

      Thank you, Monica. Have your geese arrived yet? I always fear the worst when i don’t hear the local flock doing their fly by in the morning at the usual time.

  12. penpusherpen said,

    April 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    stunningly beautiful., I’m just staring at the colours and the evocative shape. xx

    • April 23, 2011 at 3:58 am

      PEN! My, my–all this lushious praise for Swallows Wing is going to my “head.” LOL. You keep right on enjoying it all. Much appreciate it.

  13. Kaoki Shiki said,

    May 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Wow! so much details and awesome color pattern. Great work.

  14. May 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Wonderful art, stunning colors.. Just lovely…

    • June 5, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Mystique sunshine–that is one great moniker! Hello. Thansk for enjoying the Swallows.


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