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My Next New Favorite Best Ever Bird Artist

14 Mar

Next in my continuing series of oh-so-favorite bird artists on Etsy. . . Leanne at  Got Crow Creations.

Felted Wren in Nest

Felted Wren in Nest

Leanne creates sweet little nesting birds by needle-felting with 100% sheeps wool.  They are beautiful and remarkably accurate.  I have done some needle felting and the work that must go into creating these is impressive.

Have you explored on Etsy?  Found any good birds lately?

No, this is my new favorite best ever bird artist

8 Mar
Fantastic Felt Birds

Fantastic Felt Birds

I have an addiction to Etsy.  It’s a terrible thing.  In particular, I keep finding new bird art treasures and these artists then become my new favorite bird artists . . . at least for a week or so until I find another new favorite bird artist.

This week, my new favorite best ever bird artist is Belokrinitski.  Her shop on Etsy is fabulous.  Filled with these fanciful and fancy bird necklaces.  I lvoe the spirit of them.  They are sweet, colorful, and full of fun.

Now, off you go, buy something wonderful on Etsy . . . handmade, supportive of artists, and unique.

My new very best favorite bird artist this week

28 Feb
Chickadee Art by karingrow

Chickadee Art by karingrow

I used to raise Labradors.  Labradors love everyone and are convinced that everyone loves them.  So, in the spirit of Labradors, I want to tell you about my new best, favorite bird artist.  karingrow has an etsy shop.  She has felted birds, bird paintings, and . . . wait for it . . . Boston Terriers.

Oh sure, it would be better if she had Rat Terriers . . . or even Labradors! Still, it’s pretty clear that the first dog of birding is Chet Baker (as seen by this photo shoot . . . he is one patient birder!). Plus, Chet knows from art given that his Mether, Julie Zickefoose is a phenomenal bird artist herself.

Given that Chickadees are the favorite birds in America — just ask the guys at 10,000 Birds — you NEED to go buy a Chickadee painting!  After all, she’s my new best favorite bird artist this week!

We all need a little smile now and again

4 Feb

pink_birdieHave you ever seen anything so cute?  I mean, seriously.  If you are looking for a way to brighten up someone’s day, you need look no further than this Etsy shop, feltmeupdesigns.  Not only do they have an incredibly funny name, but their birds.  Oh, my goodness, their birds.  You MUST go and look.  I saved you the trouble of looking for the bewds . . . I linked to their tweets and hoots section.

As I said yesterday, we need to find ways to fight back the Nothing and trust me when I saw, this little tweeter will fight like nobody’s business!

Artful Bird Blogging

5 Jan

I regularly share bird art that I find in my perusals of the Internet, particularly the fantastic Etsy site where you can buy directly from the artist.

There are lots of bird artists out there who blog and I wanted to highlight those in this round of bird art.

I recently started following (which sounds like stalking no matter how you look at it) Catherine Hamilton on Twitter.  She posted a sketch of a Tufted Duck she saw in 2003.  A sketch.  Sigh.  My sketches look like stick figures done by a 2 year old. Click on the image below to visit her 2003 site and see all her “sketches.”  They are well-worth spending time with a cup of coffee.

Tufted Duck by Catherine Hamilton ©2003

Tufted Duck by Catherine Hamilton ©2003

My best friend gave me a copy of Artful Blogging for Christmas this year.  It is a quarterly magazine from Somerset Studio (well-known for their art quilting and other-related magazines).  I poured over the beautiful and inspirational pages in awed amazement.  I was particularly thrilled when I found A Spattering featured on the pages.  Toni Kelly’s bird art is lovely and her blog is very much an artful blog.  Again, go click on the image to see more of Toni’s artwork.

The Artwork of Toni Kelly

The Artwork of Toni Kelly

Does anyone have any blogs to share that are a seamless blending of birds and art?

An Awesome Gift

23 Dec

Teachers get lots of gifts at the holidays.  Sometimes we get good gifts and sometimes not so good ones.  I have been quite lucky in my gifts.  But this year, I feel truly blessed.  One of my students has parents and grandparents who are potters.  I guess she shared with them my love of all things Raven because this was my gift from them.

Raven mug by Jen Hennig

An amazing Raven head.  He will take a place of honor in my home.  I can’t believe how fantastic he is. I suspect that she’s spent as much time admiring Ravens as I have.  I literally gasped and clutched it tightly when I opened it.  Right now it’s on the windowsill in my kitchen and I am admiring it several times a day.

I’d like to share the name of the artist and her contact information but I’m not going to in order to preserve her daughter’s privacy.

Another Fun Day Birding

15 Nov

I went birding again in an unusual place.  My sister-in-law took us to a home in Capitola, California where a woman and her daughter run their own monthly used clothing (high-end, in spectacular condition) shop.  The clothing was fantastic and I did buy a few pieces.  However, I also fell in love with her garden.  She had delightful garden statuary everywhere mixed in with gorgeous flowers, fascinating succulents, and a particularly funny kitty.  You can look for stories on those topics later in the week.  The birds really caught my eye and I will say that I had an urge to cause a scene and then in the hubbub to steal several of them.   I had a very strong jealousy of this lovely garden — I would very much like to have the same sense of beauty and whimsy in my own too-long-ignored garden.

Birds in Capitola

This LBB was especially endearing — isn’t it sweet the way it’s hiding behind the wire?

More birds

Last time I couldn’t tell a goldfinch from a sparrow so I’m not going to give even a guess at IDing these sweet, little vine dwelling darlings.

More birds

More sweet little birds.  One is too shy to look but the other is giving direct eye contact.  Amazing.

Any ideas on IDing these unusual birds will be quite welcome!  Thanks!

Another Amazing Day of Bird Watching

19 Oct

I had another fabulous day of birdwatching today.  I joined my sister, Jody, and met up with my friend, Denine and her friend, Mac at the Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, CA.  We did some serious birdwatching.  We saw a lot of expected birds and some rather amazing rarities!  Here are the highlights.  Note:  All the pictures can be clicked to embiggen.

Delicious by Rachel Wetzler

Delicious by Rachel Wetzler

There is a lovely Ruby-throated Hummingbird and an American Goldfinch in this lovely garden quilt.

North to Alaska by Anne Joule, New Zealand

North to Alaska by Anne Joule (New Zealand)

Storks flying north?  Isn’t it the wrong time of year for that?

Moon Garden by Judy Coates Perez

Moon Garden by Judy Coates Perez

I couldn’t identify this lovely red bird but it sure is eye-catching.  This was a whole-cloth quilt that the artist painted and then quilted.  It was stunning.

Rhapsody at First Light by Bonnie Keller

Rhapsody at First Light by Bonnie Keller

Rhapsody at First Light by Bonnie Keller

Two sweet little wrens hiding around the corners of this quilt.

Vertigo by Kathy York

Vertigo by Kathy York

Aren’t these the most adorable — and brightly colored — chickadees you’ve ever seen!  This was easily my favorite quilt in the show.  The artist said that the yellow bird on the ground had a fear of heights and wouldn’t use the ladder. So funny.

Carmel Beach - 1920's by Mary Ellen Parsons

Carmel Beach – 1920’s by Mary Ellen Parsons

More spectacular storks.

Western Sea Gull by Jean Dunn

Western Sea Gull by Jean Dunn

Totally expected to see a Sea Gull today but still this one is striking, don’t you think?

Winter Plumage by Denise Oyama Miller

Winter Plumage by Denise Oyama Miller

I just love shorebirds!

Kacho Fuugetu - The Love of Nature by Eiko Kurokawa (Japan)

Kacho Fuugetu – The Love of Nature by Eiko Kurokawa (Japan)

There are some exotic birds in Japan, aren’t there?

Peace in Our Hands by Jae McDonald

Peace in Our Hands by Jae McDonald

What a lovely dove.  You know what they say about a bird in the hand!

Loon by Lauren L. Ball

Loon by Lauren L. Ball

I’ve never seen a Loon before but I got two in one day!

The Loonie by Laura Jennings

The Loonie by Laura Jennings

Kereru in Puriri Tree by Judith Pinney (New Zealand)

Kereru in Puriri Tree by Judith Pinney (New Zealand)

I am alerting the local bird groups about this sighting though.  Who could have anticipated seeing a Kereru here in Northern California?  I feel so blessed!

The Karearea - New Zealand Falcon by Judith Briant (New Zealand)

The Karearea – New Zealand Falcon by Judith Briant

I don’t know why there is such an influx of birds from New Zealand. Perhaps this is just an extremely dedicated raptor hunting down some prey.

English Country Garden by Pam Mees

English Country Garden by Pam Mees

I can’t even begin to name all the English birds seen in this garden.  More unexpected birds.

Hey Kahuna!  No Trespassing! by Terry Waldron

Hey Kahuna! No Trespassing! by Terry Waldron

More amazing shorebirds.

Penguins by Heather Bloom

Penguins by Heather Bloom

While you might not expect to see penguins in California.  The artist is from my own hometown.  Very cool.

Ladies' Man by Tanya Brown

Ladies’ Man by Tanya Brown

Is any day of birdwatching complete without a pink flamingo?