There are birds galore here, as I've mentioned before, and I've painted a number of them: sparrows, bluebirds, crows, turkeys, phoebes, jays, owls. Here are a pair of cardinals. Since it's finally spring in the middle Hudson Valley I first thought to pair the cardinals with forsythia but red and yellow as a palette didn't do it for me. Red and red seemed like more fun. So even though it's spring and the flame bushes are far from their flashy autumn scarlet this is where I ended up.
This is a colorful painting but cardinals, the males at least, are very bright, and now that I think about it, unusual around here for their color since most of the birds I see are fairly subdued. Oh, there are a couple of other exceptions: jays and bluebirds. And I see touches of red on a blackbird's wing or a woodpecker's breast but overall muted earth tones prevail. It's survival that's important and these little birds have a lot to deal with. So how to explain the brilliant cardinal?
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