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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Little Bird Painting



I had so much fun giving that sign a makeover yesterday
than I decided to try a little more painting!
I had brought home some stained pieces of wood
from an auction that were just about the right size.
They were beveled and I sanded the inside part so the
paint would stick better.  Then I put a coat of white paint
and then a coat of black mixed with white.


When that was dry I started sketching in pencil.



First, I painted the shadows and leaves.


Then the nest and some bees!


berries...



and then the birds.


It's so 'me', isn't it?  ha.
I'm not sure about the stained 'frame' though.
Should I paint it, too?
I'm thinking black paint.  Or should I leave it as it is?


Once I decide, it's going in the shop!

update...


Oh, so much better.  Thanks for your help! 
In the shop today!

62 comments:

  1. It is so you! Love the colors...with the deep purple and the gray background. Great job!

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  2. My stars!! I love it! Isn't it so beautiful?!?! I love the background that brings out the vividness of the picture! Lovely! Take care
    x

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    1. thanks, kitty! but that frame...I think it should be black.

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  3. I adore berries and this look absolutely georgeous!! xo

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    1. haha...I'd never painted a bee before...they were kind of fun! Easier than a butterfly, too. ha.

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  5. very cool betsy...i love the inclusion of the berries and the little bees too..how cool...

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  6. oh I love it! the berries , the birds, the nest, just everything! great job!

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    1. thanks....the berries were the funnest part!

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  7. Going right to the birds indeed
    Here at your feed
    Of course you always were
    That and the cat fur haha
    So yes so you
    Great job too
    Black may look better I say
    But the brown is still a fine display

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    1. I'm thinking black, too
      but maybe would just like to be through!
      ha.
      Should try to paint a cat
      I'm sure you would like that.
      :)

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    2. haha that would be grand
      Have plenty of models at your land

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  8. Put something black by the picture....then take a picture of it....then we can vote on it.8~)

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    1. haha..there's an idea! Actually I'm so color oriented that I think I may
      obsess about it more than others. To me it doesn't match but it might just be me. lol....

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  9. Wonderful piece of art! ... and I know the artist!!!

    How cool is that! :)

    Seriously good, Betsy. You should consider exploring your artistic side more often.

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    1. Thanks very much! I had a fear of branching out from my colored pencils! haha...but this was actually a lot of fun!

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  10. Well.....aren't you a busy little bee!!!
    cute..

    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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    1. yeah...especially after I was done and all the housework was still waiting for me! lol....

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    2. The housework always wait for us:)
      Lol

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    3. yes, housework is nice like that. lol....

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  11. I think black would like really 'pulled together', great idea! And you are getting more and more talented, growing in your art!

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    1. yes, I think so too...or maybe a dark charcoal grey!

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  12. Beautiful as always, Betsy!!! You really are very talented :) :)

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  13. I'm with some of the others,voting for a black frame, but I am sooo not an artist. I've been painting over the weekend but nothing to do with art. Decided to paint my front door & shutters. The beautiful fall weather in PA inspired me. Now I need to get a new fall wreath
    Nana

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    1. Hi Nana! Sounds like you've been busy! It's been great weather for working outside! I need to get out there! I'd like to plant some bulbs! Yes, I think the edges of this painting will be black tomorrow! ha.

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  14. Another beautiful work of art! As much as I like a natural wood look, I agree that either a black or charcoal gray frame would look great with this.

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    1. Yes, I do agree,...I think the wood tone is too distracting! Tomorrow it will change! Thanks for the input!

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  15. I love it all, especially the bees!

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    1. haha...yep,...in the morning it's turning black! :)

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! But I vote for the outer frame to match your leaves. I think a shade of green will be stunning. Cindy from NY

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    1. Hi Cindy! Well, that's an idea! Thank you...I'll have to add that to the list! :)

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  18. very very pretty! I would love to see it with a black frame or white....wonderful piece! happy fall betsy!

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    1. thanks Heather....it ended up being charcoal...and looks SO much better!

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  19. Oh, I didn't even know you had a shop! That painting is beautiful, sweet, and full of adorable. You are so talented. I'll bet I would find all sorts of "props" if I tagged along with you to all of those auctions.

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    1. Oh yeah..the perfect place to find all those neat props! Sometimes I wish I wasn't busy working there so I could concentrate on bidding! ha.

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  20. I thought I had posted a comment yesterday but I guess it got lost on blogger somewhere. Anyway thought the pic was beautiful and I was voting for the charcoal gray. Black was too stark possibly and the wood does make it look like it is in a frame. I think I suggested painting some tape and putting that around it and to see how it looked. I hate when I lost my comments. Maybe it went on another post.

    God bless.

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    1. well, I didn't see a comment...it must be out in cyberspace somewhere! Blogger does love to eat them, you know! ;) Yes, it is charcoal grey...the first coat is drying and it already looks much, much better!
      I set up my pinterest last night...thanks for your tips on doing that! And yes, it sucked me in for a few hours! haha...so fun!

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    2. I opened mine up and saw all your pins and I was thinking "oh my, she had to have spent a couple of hours here!" LOL. It is fun. I am trying to make the Crusty Bread right now, and it takes 12 - 18 hours for it to rise. I can't sleep because I keep getting up every hour to see if it has risen at all. So slow, it is like trying to watch water boil. Will let you know how it does. It is a "no knead" bread and the site has had over a million hits for the recipe since posted in March. And you can add lots of different ingredients to make all kinds of flavored breads. Easier than the Bread Machine.

      Can't wait to see the Charcoal Gray on it.

      God bless.

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    3. the bread sounds good!

      a watched pot never boils, you know...or maybe we should say a watched loaf never rises? lol....

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  21. I don't like the stain either. Paint it for sure!
    SUCH a cute painting Betsy!!!!

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  22. Betsy you added the Pinterest bottom?? I dont find it:(

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    1. It's a pin to your bottom of course
      Something where you might feel remorse

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    2. lol...oh, is that what it is?
      Sounds painful..especially if it sit.
      haha.

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    3. Oh sorry know I see is the same when you said Following me in pinterest you have sometimes I dont speak well:)

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    4. Oh, you mean on my sidebar? Yes, the link is there is you click on the little symbol!
      And Pat, you know, he loves to tease you! :)

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    5. I know sigh!
      After I asked I see when I look again:)

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  23. So sweet and so "you"! I agree. I would paint the frame either black or dark grey.

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    1. done...doesn't that look better? oh yes...

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    1. well, I try. ha. But this was fun to do!

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  25. Wonderful job Betsy..it looks so gorgeous..

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