|A nest, woven onto the branch|
|This nest includes birch bark, pine needles, wasp nest and possibly spider webs?!|
|Another little nest, found Robin's eggshells, dead bee, hummingbird nest with sparrow eggshells|
|A dead Bee I found in my grass, three Robin's egg shells, found this Spring|
|A painting I did, inspired by the speckled eggs and sparrow feathers|
The tiny nest above was found late summer, last year on my parents' property. It is made mostly of dried grass and dog hair, which is kind of gross, but kind of marvelous. I'm thinking it belongs to a hummingbird - - but, I'm not certain.
I found the three speckled eggshells last year, after a big Spring storm. These were blown out of a nest somewhere in a large Bridal Veil vine that has enveloped my neighbor's fence. I believe they belonged to a small sparrow.
|One of my old Robin nests, full of acorns, their caps, seed pods and pinecones|
|The partial woodpecker wing I found on the street|
|My woodpecker feathers print|
|Small sticks made smooth by the waves|
The smooth sticks, or driftwood, I just find compelling. They feel so lovely in the palm of your hand. I like to imagine they've been floating on the lake for years. I wonder what kind of trees they came from, how big the branch was when it first found itself cast off from the land.
|A real beauty of an Owl feather, found and sent by Wally. :)|
|One of my Owl Feather studies|
I have a few owl feathers in my collection now. They always remind me of my Great Grandmother. We grew up calling her "Daddy's Nana". I actually never really thought about her real name until I was older. It became one word, Daddiesnana. Auntieshirl and Daddiesnana lived in a great apartment in Toronto. I loved wandering around, looking at all of the little treasures on their shelves, in the different rooms. There were little owl figurines in the one room, and my Dad had carved an owl on a box for her when he was younger, before us kids were around. She kept that box by her bedside. I always wondered what amazing, cherished things were inside.
|Something I'm playing with|
A couple of months ago I purchased a bunch of little vases that I thought would be interesting to paint with some of my feather studies. After I prepped some, I painted this blue jay feather. I soon realized I did not like it! I much preferred the contrast of the stark white against the coral colour. They're in my mud room at the moment. I still have a few more to paint. What do you think?