"Pre-Tweeters", oil, 6 x6, $85
Today is Day 11 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
This painting was inspired by a reference photo I found on the internet. Note about colors: I have found that shooting the paintings in daylight doesn't distort the colors or create a color cast that's hard to correct in Photoshop. But it's night now and I didn't want to wait until the morning to shoot it because I'm trying to catch-up with the rest of the group. :)
When the Robin's Family Came Knock'n
First, I chose to paint the robin's eggs because I love the color and Robins are the Connecticut State Bird. Which seems funny to me because they aren't here all year round and migrate to warmer weather in the winter. (Just like my snow-bird parents!)
Second, I'd love to share the story when my kids were (9, 7 and 6) and we lived on Bell St... and a few guests showed up at the front door. In the fall (2005) I put a twig wreath with decorative fruits and flowers on the front door and by the following spring a robin made a nest in the wreath. There were two tiny windows near the top of the door and my kids would push the kitchen table over blocking the door and all three would stand on it to peak through the windows at the bird's nest. They would check each morning before the bus arrived and Ray insisted that we only use the back door until the eggs hatched. Sure enough they did a few days later and we could hear all the little cheeps and peeps bright and early and each morning, once again they would push the table over to peak through the window at all the baby robins in the nest. I could only image what these little critters must be thinking when they saw 3 sets of eyes starring back at them only inches away with just a piece of glass between them. Another wonderful memory... thanks for letting me share it with you.
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