Acrylics, 8 x 10 Canvas
I was itching to paint a bird this spring and I do love Goldfinches.
I am told that Goldfinches wait for thistles to go to seed before hatching their young as they feed them regurgitated thistle seeds. It is theorized that they do this to discourage Cowbirds from leaving an egg in their nest as Cowbirds purportedly do not like thistle seeds.

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Comment by Sarah Irland on May 18, 2018 at 6:22am

Thank you, Deborah.  I always appreciate your feedback!

Comment by Deborah Alavosius on May 15, 2018 at 8:37pm

I haven't been on the site for a while.  It is nice to open up and see one of your paintings.  So beautifully painted and OH the colors!

Comment by Sarah Irland on May 8, 2018 at 6:37pm

Thanks, Susan.  It is fun to see all of the different birds come back north after the winter.  I do love spring....

Comment by Susan G. on May 8, 2018 at 7:41am

Sarah this is the definition of spring.  I love your painting and colors!

Comment by Sarah Irland on April 24, 2018 at 2:44pm

Glad you have seen some bluebirds, Charles.  I have rarely seen one in New York.

Yesterday we saw 6 Goldfinches at our feeder - 3 pairs.  They are back!

Comment by Charles Eisener on April 19, 2018 at 10:56am

My understanding is that goldfinches tend to stay in flocks until later in the season when they pair off for breeding - around the time the thistles are in bloom.  Have not seen any this year either.  The new digs in NC had bluebirds hanging out on the back fence almost a month ago; they are smart enough to stay south where it is milder!

Comment by Sarah Irland on April 19, 2018 at 9:44am

Thanks for your comments, Ken.  We do have Goldfinches here and they are one of my favorite birds to watch.  They seem to love water in puddles and birdbathes and we see them in the summer from our deck.  I haven't spotted one this year yet, but it has been cold in the northeast.  Longing for spring.....:)

Comment by Sarah Irland on April 19, 2018 at 9:41am

Yes, Charles - I agree.  This was one of those quick paintings from a photo that just sort of poured out.  It felt great just painting for the sake of painting but I could see at the end that the choice of background color was not the best to highlight the bird.  A lesson in always paying attention to the basics.  Thanks for your feedback.

Comment by Ken Dinneen on April 18, 2018 at 9:37am

Well done Sarah,  I am getting spring fever looking at this.  Do you have these birds in your area?  We have red headed woodpeckers, and flickers, and the occasional grosbeak  Sometimes doves (2) hang out in our driveway.  We also have stellar jays and junkos.  You have a lot of really good cheer in this work,  makes me happy to look at!

Comment by Charles Emery on April 16, 2018 at 10:33am

Your rendering of rhe Goldfinch and flower are excellent.  Perhaps your background might be a different color or value to better highlight your beautiful painting of the bird.

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