Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lifted the Leaves for the Pears

I took a sheet of acetate/plastic and traced around some of the leaves. Then cut them out and, using an elephant sponge, lifted them off the background.

Better? Not? What else would you do?

And our 4 eggs in a nest are the eggs of a cardinal!! And they are hatching - 2 eggs and 2 babies in the nest now and mother cardinal sitting patiently, while father cardinal is sitting on the lightpost close by, PEEP PEEP PEEPing to all the world - guess he's saying, "I'm a new daddy!"


Dawn said...

I like the leaves Rhonda, but I like the baby cardinals better! congratulations!

Deborah A. Léger said...

I like the leaves better now. That background is awesome! I think you should call it done and frame it!! It's a beautiful pear painting.

RHCarpenter said...

Yes, that is going to be great watching them grow and I will take photos and Jerry will take photos so I'll post them as they open their eyes and start to look like something with feathers and eyes instead of skinny, hairless mouths open wide :)
Thanks Deb, I think I'm done with that, too.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...


Sign it, frame and be proud, it looks great. Thanks for sharing your cardinal nest activity with us! We don't have cardinals here on this part of the desert so I love it when I see them in our travels. I also like the photo of the nest construction, those birds just instinctively know how to do that, that always amazes me.


Sandy Maudlin said...

Great job on the painting. ANd the cardinals are such a treat.

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Susan and Sandy :) Susan, my SIL who travelled with us this weekend kept saying, "Look at that bird!" every time a cardinal perched outside the window. They are so common here, I was wondering what the big deal was - but then she said they don't have them in Utah.