“Bird Watcher” 6×6 inches, oil on canvas

I saw a post on instagram recently that I shared. “One day you’re young and carefree; the next you’re like, “Is that a tufted titmouse at my bird feeder?!” 

I don’t think I much noticed birds when I was younger and could probably name as many as I could count on one hand. I can’t pinpoint when that changed precisely. Even still, when people come to the gallery and of my Great Blue Herons say something like “Oh! Look at the Pelican” I die a little inside.

This painting started as a tufted titmouse, a bird people often mistake for a Blue Jay in my paintings, which admittedly has more to do with how I paint them than any deficiency on the viewer’s part. 

Funny then, that I actually painted over the Tufted Titmouse and replaced it with a jay in today’s painting. The title of this painting does not refer to the human viewer, but to the bird– a bird doing the watching, eyeing you, making sure you don’t mistype her. And you wouldn’t. Everyone gets the Blue Jays right.

Please note: All 31 paintings will be on display at our gallery celebration February 24th from 5-8pm. The show will also feature other artists who have been part of a 31 in 31 community.

st joseph painting



Leave a Reply

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Written by Denise Hopkins

More From The Blog

Day 31. If you want to go far…

"If You Want to go Far" 24x30 inches, oil on canvas I started this month with a bike, and I knew I wanted to end with one too. Only this time there’s not just one, but several. All month I’ve been thinking about the African proverb that says “If you want to go fast,...

read more

Day 29. Intuition

"Follow Your Intuition" 9x12 inches, oil on paper My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our raised house. I have an AC unit but no heat, so for a handful of days during the year it’s miserably cold. Those days are almost always in January. Those...

read more

Day 28. Except the Opposite

"The Birds are Circling" 9x12 inches, oil on paper Today’s painting is a companion piece to yesterday’s. As I was painting it, I kept thinking “The vultures are circling…except maybe the opposite.” I used photographs of a white-tailed tropicbird for a reference for...

read more