A few weeks ago the arbutus trees behind our house were full of flitting varied thrushes just pausing long enough to snatch a berry. Such beautiful birds! I wanted to capture the feeling of the scene in this small painting.
To close out 2021 a larger piece that I worked on over a couple of months and finished recently. Inspired by the local juncos who are so quick flitting about. Often, they are only recognized by the flash of white in their tails. There is a feeling of Autumn in this piece as well, with arbutus berries and leaves and also signs of new rain in puddles. Realistic elements and other more abstracted passages balance each other.