While hiking, I caught two lovebirds having dinner. On a romantic afternoon they met, waiting their turn ever so patiently to grab some nourishment, all the while keeping one eye to the sky for danger. After each was satisfied, together they flew off looking for their next adventure.
How romantic and just in time for Valentine’s!
I was so inspired by these two, I had to paint them myself. As I was painting, I had an “ah-ha” moment; with a rigger brush and my mixture of black paint, I painted the bill of the right blue jay and suddenly saw the likeness of a crow. I always knew that the blue jay and the crow were related, but it wasn’t until my hand physically recreated the blue jay’s bill that I suddenly saw a resemblance to the crow. “Oooooh”, I said.
This is a great example of how an artist can become intimate with a subject through painting. You really can learn a great deal.