Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

New year, new DAB-Day, great birds

What wonderful bird art we have to start 2021. Yes, January 8 was the first Draw-a-Bird day of the year.

An exciting development around these parts is that a painted bunting showed up in Maryland. Newspaper and bird websites reported that a painted bunting is “rarely” seen here, which is journalists’ cautious way of not saying outright that the bird has never appeared here before. I guess they do that because they cannot prove or be certain of a negative and because they don’t want to be made a fool of when someone digs up a 1907 report of a painted bunting pecking around Chevy Chase.

Below is the photo that ran in the newspaper, and then you will see two artistic renderings of the bird by Wednesday Studio members. Another Wednesday Studio artist plans to paint the painted bunting (say that fast 40 times!) for next time.

Photograph of painted bunting in the C and O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.
Anne Shields: Painted Bunting. Pastel.
Martha Pope: Painted Bunting. Pastel.
Carolyn Rondthaler. Puffin. Watercolor.
Lynne Mallonee Schlimm. Ma and Pa Cardinal. Mixed media.
Tara Hamilton: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (without background). Watercolor. [Tara took this picture of her painting before she added a dark background. See the difference, below.]
Tara Hamilton: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (with background). Watercolor. [This started out as the same bird as above, but the colors looked paler after Tara added the background, so she added some more color to the bird.]
Linda Andreatta. Warbler? Pencil with a tiny dab of pastel.
Nancy Arbuthnot: Wood Thrush. Watercolor and pen and ink.
Pat Stocks: Baltimore Oriole. Colored pencil.
Tom Eichenberger. Peregrine Falcon. Ink.
Andrew A: Soar. Pencil.
Marian Wiseman: African Fish Eagle. Watercolor.

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