Two more finished, that makes four full-sized maps

November 22, 2013

Today I finished the kingfisher map. I’m really pleased with the way this turned out, but I used chalk pastels to deepen the blues, (because the watercolours are just so insipid sometimes!), and now have to find my Krylon spray to fix the pastels before I can fold it up or do anything else with it.

I stuck it up on the mantle; which is looking a little less autumnal and a little more wintery. I’m so bad about all this “must-decorate-the-living-daylights-out-of-the-house-for-the-next-holiday” frenzy I see out there in blogland…but I love it…and more power to you guys!…I’m just not that dedicated and tend to put the kinds of elements together which make me happy with my space.

Right now this includes the angel I painted after grandma died, old photos of my children, a naive painting from the flea market, a thrifted mirror from some vintage bureau, and my English elephant with a new whale ornament hanging from his trunk…why not? (Did I ever tell you I’m addicted to glass ornaments?) πŸ™‚

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I love the kingfishers! Wish I could see more of them at the Thames, but I’ve really only seen them a hand full of times over these past 10 or so years at our neck of the Thames…but then, I don’t really take the time to belong to and walk out with a British birding society and really only rely on chance. But that flash of blue…it’s just magical.

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Here is a close up of the two birds:


I also put the finishing touches on the nuthatches…I think.

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That’s the trick, isn’t it? I was just thinking the other day how many times I avoid signing a painting. To me signing is declaring that the painting is finished. Which artist was it who said something like, “easy to start a painting and hard to know when it’s finished.” EXACTLY!!! I’m still not quite happy with the left wing.

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But love the descending nuthatch and the blue bells.

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So here they are on the fireplace mantle…really my most favourite spot to prop new works, and I’ll walk away form them this evening and come back to them in the morning light and reevaluate them for the millionth time. πŸ™‚

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Now what to do next? I have a started map with a red tailed hawk diving down over a particularly unattractive and industrial part of England. Maybe I’ll work on that, but yesterday I felt like painting some British birds called blue tits. Seriously…and they say it with a straight face in an almost “I’m so sorry, it’s not my fault” way. Anyway, felt like it so I looked them up in my field guides and then went on google images and googled “English bird tit” OMG!!! Don’t ever do that!!! Just a warning. 😯

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  • Reply Rita McGregor November 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    OMGosh! These are beautiful!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cheryl's Voice November 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I love what you’re doing. I love maps. I think drawing the birds and portions of their habitat on maps is genius. And you’re so good at drawing them.

  • Reply Donna L. Ward November 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This was awesome – love the colors, the commentary and your art work is beautiful.

  • Reply subzeroricha November 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    It is so beautiful! I loved the colors and the art! You are truly gifted…


  • Reply November 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Wings are hard ! I have an archive full . Very nice Veronica.

  • Reply bolton carley November 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    omg! yeah, never google that! lol. i love the paintings over the maps. great idea! and i feel you on the signing. i just started to sign the backs of my photos and mark my pics i put on fb. i still won’t sign the front of photos, seems like that makes it official that i’m trying to be a photographer. lol. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christie November 23, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Simply beautiful!

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

      πŸ™‚ thank you Christie

  • Reply Carol Early Cooney November 23, 2013 at 4:20 am

    It is so much fun reading your blog. It is always a visual treat! I love your paintings but I also love the delicate lights around the mirror. I want some!! Where oh where did you find them?

  • Reply Lavender Cottage November 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

    The maps are really nice Veronica, a creative way to use them.

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thank you Judith. πŸ™‚ I’ll just keep working on this series because I really love saving the maps. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daryl November 23, 2013 at 11:33 am

    i am laughing about your google search

  • Reply Claudsy November 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Your creativity always turns me on my ear, Veronica. I love these, too. As always, I leave with a tiny flame of envy flickering in my heart.

  • Reply paulabuenosaires November 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    WIth you on the “Oooooooh, thatΒ΄s cute but I wonΒ΄t make that much” team. πŸ˜€
    Lovely work. *Smile* at the Google search.

    • Reply Veronica November 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Lol, I never knew so many pages existed! It just went on and on with not a single feather in sight!!! πŸ˜€

  • Reply dill November 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Simply beautiful!

  • Reply Kate North December 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    There’s a larger version of a bird in the same family called a great tit. I kid you not. I wouldn’t recommend googling it. LOL

    • Reply Veronica December 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      I know Kate! Lol. Happily they are going for the bird seed so I can photograph them and not have to google images! πŸ˜€

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