My son, Shane Rebenschied, is a full-time illustrator. He does mainly book covers but also advertising and magazines. His work leaves little time for fun painting, so at the beginning of this year, he started a painting project called Just Keep Painting. He made a commitment to do a painting a day for all of 2019. Wow - that's 365 pieces! He's keeping them small - 6" x 8" or thereabouts so that he can complete one in an hour or two each morning. He's posting them on his website, Just Keep Painting, where they're available for sale at US$100 each plus $10 shipping. They're of varied subject matter - landscapes from both New Zealand (where he and his family live) and North America, architectural and animals. He started this project to experiment, to explore different techniques and painting tools such as brushes and painting surfaces. The first 31 pieces from January are up - so take a look! http://www.justkeeppainting.com/
This little guy could be a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, found in the western U.S. Or it could be a Ruby-throated Hummingbird found in the eastern U.S. They're similar and I haven't painted enough detail to define the difference.
The Lesser Yellowlegs is a North American wader, but I checked my New Zealand bird guide just to make sure they aren't found here. Some arctic migrants such as the bar-tailed godwit, turnstone and red-necked stint spend the summer in New Zealand. I was surprised to see the lesser yellowlegs in my New Zealand bird guide, but it's considered a 'rare arctic migrant'. It's occasionally seen on New Zealand lakes and estuaries.
Today's little oil study is a male pintail. I like painting water so a duck seemed a good choice for the day. It's been difficult to get a decent photo of it. This will have to do for now until it is dry enough for me to scan it.
I often see New Zealand Pied Stilts at Te Haumi, a few miles from where I live. Such beautiful, graceful birds - they remind me of dancers. They're very similar to the Black-necked Stilt that you see in North America.
The New Zealand tui is a common nectar-feeding bird. From a distance, it looks black with a tuft of white feathers on its throat but in the sunshine, the iridescent colours show. The bird has a beautiful throaty, liquid song. At this time of year, I see them feeding on flax flowers in my garden but in the early spring, they flock to the Taiwan cherry tree common in my part of New Zealand. Sadly, the tree is also very invasive so though the tui love it, we're supposed to eradicate them if they're growing on our property.
This little oil study is a male house sparrow. When my son was a kid, we raised a sparrow. Fatty-bird lived with us for a year before running off to join the wild sparrows - at least we hope that is what happened to her.