Draw a Bird Day: Pinto’s Spinetail

pinto spinetail s

listen magnetic

Pinto’s Spinetail is an endangered bird that hives in subtropical forest and shrubland in NE Brazil.  Just 2% of native forest remains in this area, and less than 1000 of these birds are currently surviving.  They mate for life, and my favorite fact about them is that “pairs sing in duets to defend their nesting territories”, according to abcbirds.org.

see the forest
as quiet as
no air


song has wandered

pinto spinetail close up s

This painting is an experiment for me–I’ve been inspired by how Claudia McGill takes the world and simplifies it into color and shape, and this is my first attempt to imitate her approach.  Although she likes to use her paints straight out of the tube, I have to admit I mixed the bird feather color, not having a tube of gouache even close to the right tone.  It felt like painting in layers, and I do like layering.  Although I have a long way to go to reach Claudia’s grasp of the essential shapes of things…

And the Oracle was insightful, as always.

On my way to the beach (although the forecast is for a rainy week).  Nina has promised to keep you entertained while I’m away.


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27 responses to “Draw a Bird Day: Pinto’s Spinetail”

  1. memadtwo says :

    Fabulous painting. You must start painting more! This is Hockney-sequel!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Carol says :

    Stunning technique! Wonderful very eye-catching and interesting. Enjoy the beach! Our week was forecasted with rain each day too, but it arrived mostly overnight or in a short burst. Safe and happy travels!


  3. Jodi says :

    Love the effect!!!


  4. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Love the shapes and colors —– fabulously done


  5. Evelyn Flint says :

    I love the colours and shapes you’ve created….


  6. Christine Wasnie says :

    Great work. ❤️


  7. merrildsmith says :

    Lovely painting and poem. And the Oracle came through– I love:

    song has wandered

    I hear it echoing in the silence somehow.

    Have a wonderful time at the beach!


  8. Phil Cooper says :

    Lovely fresh, immediate feel to this painting, great stuff!


  9. rivrvlogr says :

    Very appropriate words.
    And, I like the thought of inspiration from other bloggers.


    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Ken. The inspiration is all around, both direct and indirect I think. I would definitely not be doing what I’m doing now without the inspiration and prompting) of the blogs I follow.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. msjadeli says :

    I love this style.

    Liked by 1 person

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