My first oil study is a tree swallow, which are found over most of the U.S. I came to know a tree swallow on a first name basis some years ago when during Arizona's monsoon season, I drove over a wet bundle of feathers on the road near my home. Realizing it was alive, I stopped and rescued a bedraggled tree swallow. After drying him with the hair dryer (on warm) he sat in a basket on my big drafting table while I painted. Initially he wasn't very responsive, but after dozing under a warm light for a few hours he started to preen himself. A few hours later he was sitting on the edge of the basket singing and preening - even allowing me to scratch his head. Later that day when it stopped raining, I released him where I found him. He flew off without a backyard glance, but he certainly added to my day.
The tree swallow in my study is a male in Spring plumage. The little guy I rescued was a male in fall plumage. (see photo at the end of this post) I really like this study - one of my favorites so far.
215 - Tree Swallow
7" x 5" oil study on board, unframed
My second study is another vulture piece. I could have sold the first one a dozen times so decided to do another, not so similar piece.
214 - Vultures
5" x 7" oil study on board, unframed
$75 plus $6 shipping within the U.S.
This is the tree swallow that lived to see another day.