Shadowness - BlueSolitaire http://shadowness.com I love/appreciate beautiful artworks and photography. Deep thinking, music, quiet time, taking nature photography, writing (have written a book), sing... en Female Monarch http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/female-monarch <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/female-monarch"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/446041/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Prints of this on DeviantART and RedBubble. VERY few monarchs this year. This is the third I've seen. I don't blame it ALL on deforestation and pesticides. Must've been a BAD winter...but there's very few large butterflies at all. Just those little white ones everywhere. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:37:45 -0400 how can't you love me http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/how-can--t-you-love-me <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/how-can--t-you-love-me"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/444380/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Though this particular species of sparrow (English House Sparrow) is a "pest" in a lot of places, they can be quite friendly and chummy. Brought over from Europe to USA in late 1800's for some reason, they are the main bane for the native bluebird. We have both in our yard and the two kinds seem to tolerate each other. So that's good. This female posed for me, not 4 feet from me. I just like the coy look. (fun fact: they are a weaver finch, not a real "sparrow". Though they do look sparrow-ish. We love our Chipping sparrows and White throats too.) Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:22:39 -0400 fancy daylily http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/fancy-daylily-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/fancy-daylily-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/443929/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />The last of our fancy daylilies for the year. Wish I knew what cultivar this is. Available in Prints on other sites (DA and RedBubble) Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:10:03 -0400 my sweet ride http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/my-sweet-ride <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/my-sweet-ride"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/432283/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Couldn't resist snapping. Hollowed-out orange meant for the orioles. Didn't work out that way. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:22:21 -0400 yellow warbler male gleaning bugs http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/yellow-warbler-male-gleaning-bugs <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/yellow-warbler-male-gleaning-bugs"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/428475/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Title says it all. Thankfully these guys aren't too shy, especially when feeding. I'm finding new birds every day. Wed, 07 May 2014 10:55:33 -0400 and now the left http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/and-now-the-left-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/and-now-the-left-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/424705/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Nuthatch stretching wings. He did the right first but it hid more of his head so this is the one I went with. He was RIGHT in front of me, grooming. He didn't seem to care. (they are usually quite tame birds). Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:39:20 -0400 Meet Mr. Hermit Thrush http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/meet-mr-hermit-thrush <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/meet-mr-hermit-thrush"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/423416/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Ironic that the "hermit" is approachable and curious, while the wood thrush is shy and allusive. This guy perched right over my head on a low branch. They were everywhere today. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:33:24 -0400 TY Holiday Teddy...In Reverse http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/ty-holiday-teddy--in-reverse <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/ty-holiday-teddy--in-reverse"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/420651/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Acrylic on acrylic paper. Wanted to reverse the colors on the 1998 Holiday Teddy by TY (Beanie Babies). Made the holly green, the leaves red. Trim and pompom of hat green instead of ted. Not bad. As the acrylics I used were El Cheapo brand and dried fast, I used a pallet knife to paint the background. This is my first (and probably LAST) use of acrylic paper, as sad to say, it buckled like WC paper. TY 1998 Holiday Teddy © TY Inc. 1997, 2014 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:47:40 -0400 snowdrops in blue http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/snowdrops-in-blue <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/snowdrops-in-blue"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/420650/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Sometimes I just take one color and run with it. Call it laziness, call it a challenge...call it what you will. Never drew snowdrops before. I think these came out pretty good, considering. Prismacolor Premier and VeriThin pencils Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:45:02 -0400 Arabian Sunset http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/arabian-sunset <a href="http://shadowness.com/BlueSolitaire/arabian-sunset"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/420593/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />A badly-needed rehashing/revision of one of my original silhouette arts. Based directly on my acrylic painting I gave Mom back in 1983, with a few more touches. Re: using Corel Painter X on this: halfway through the black faded on me. I had to repaint it again. Anyone else using Painter have this "fading" happen to you? Any idea why? Help is appreciated. Thinking of redoing this as a moonrise in the future. Painted with my "new" Intuos 3. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:47:59 -0400