Painting Outdoors

Art, En Plein Air, Nature, Painting, Pastel

The curve in the Clinch river in Sneedville, TN. I haven’t painted outdoors all year. I feel this one came out successfully. #Loose. #goodvalues #pastels #pleinair #pleinairpainter

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Pastel Tulips

Art, Flowers, Nature, Painting, Pastel, Photography

Experimenting with pastels on black gesso on paper. 24”x 36” It was fast and fun!! Looser than I’m used to. This was from a picture of tulips I took. My favorite flower. #tulips #pastels #black #largepainting #paintbigorgohome #virginiaartist #roanokeartist

The Mockingbird

Birds, Nature, Photography

I’ve been observing mockingbirds for a long time. They like to nest lower to the ground and aren’t afraid to dive bomb any living creature. Cats and crows especially. Look into those eyes. They see YOU. They perch high on a branch, the top of a tree or pole and sing everyone else’s songs. All the while eyeing YOU. When mockingbirds show up at the feeder, all the other birds scatter quickly. I want to be that fierce.

Mockingbird ©Lillian Brue
Mockingbird ©Lillian Brue
Mockingbird ©Lillian Brue

The American Goldfinch

Birds, Nature, Photography

Yellow is an impulse color or as it was told to me when I worked in broadcasting. We would ‘push’ the yellows above the chroma/brightness level to just stay legal on the scope when putting fonts on the screen. When it aired, while watching your television the yellow would create a ‘buzz’ in the signal causing the viewer to pay attention…wondering what is that buzz? Buzz. Buzz.

The goldfinch has that buzz about them so that every time I see one I stop in my tracks and pay attention. So beautiful.

Male American Goldfinch ©Lillian Brue
Female American Goldfinch ©Lillian Brue

The Downy Woodpecker

Birds, Nature, Photography

These little downy woodpeckers are constantly at the feeder. We watched one just sit there on the suet and not move for the longest time. Perhaps she was food drunk and was just steadying herself. That was the story we told ourselves with grins on our faces. All this bird feeding…does it do the birds a disservice? Shouldn’t they be gathering their own food? I do know it brings nature a bit closer and the birds give interesting lessons about living.

Male Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker
Such a beautiful back.
Who is feeding whom?
Male downy woodpecker

The brown-headed cowbird

Birds, Nature, Photography

This couple of brown-headed cowbirds were such a treat. So much personality. Pretty coloring. I haven’t seen them since this picture was taken. I guess they were stopping by for the day.

Male and female brown-headed cowbird
Male and female brown-headed cowbird

Immature Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Birds, Nature, Photography

Watching this baby red-bellied woodpecker was fascinating. His head hasn’t gotten red yet like his parents. AND, I did not know that woodpeckers had tongues! It makes sense. Pecking into the wood probably doesn’t accomplish getting at all the bugs they find. Makes me think of them as “flying ant eaters.” Ha!

Immature red-bellied woodpecker
Immature red-bellied woodpecker
Immature red-bellied woodpecker

Pileated Woodpeckers

Birds, Nature, Photography

There is something primal and prehistoric about the pileated woodpecker. In watching them, they cock their heads to tune their ears into the minute critters living inside of wood…especially the porch. Ha! Seeing this bird seems like a rarity and it gives me the good feeling that I am going to have a great day. We live in their territory which bodes well in my heart. The male has the most intense yellow eyes; his pupils always dilated. Unfortunately, none of the photos I took were focused enough to show the details. The female however has dark eyes with no pupil that I can see. She’s as big as he is. Both so beautiful.

Female Pileated Woodpecker ©LaBrue Creative
Male Pileated Woodpecker ©LaBrue Creative