This painting features an assortment of songbirds performing dutifully on the clothesline. The neckties are based on some vintage ties of my grandfather's. From the top left are a wren, an indigo bunting, an orchard oriole, a chickadee and a hummingbird.
Each original watercolour painting begins with a detailed pencil drawing. The drawing process involves real-life objects from our farm, the use of my own photo references of our resident wildlife, and many pattern and colour studies. The wallpaper patterns seen in many of my pieces are created from scratch… from doodle to design! As for the watercolour itself, all of the pieces are painted on a hot-pressed block using fine brushes, watercolour paint and pencils and, as yet, no magnifying glass.