I’ve been watching our resident magpies keeping themselves busy poking around in the snow for hidden treats, and am reminded once again how entertaining my dapper black-and-white friends can be. I think magpies are the most under-appreciated members of the corvid family, taking a backseat to their raven and crow cousins, and I’m not sure why. I think they are lovely with their long, glossy tails and bright white wing patches, and just as personable as any crow or raven I’ve encountered, though I love them all. For entertainment value you can’t beat a corvid.
Watching them now in the depth of winter has me dreaming of summer and a painting I did for my June show:
The painting has a dream-like quality that seems especially appropriate now that the warm summer air seems like a lifetime ago and a world away. I’m just glad my magpie friends have stuck around to bring a little cheer on a winter’s day.
Stay cheerful, folks. Summer will be here eventually.
We had a little earthquake yesterday to shake things up a bit, it was a 6.0 centered just on the other side of Cook Inlet behind Iliamna volcano. No worries, all is well, though there was damage to one of my paintings when it was shaken from the wall at the gallery in Homer. Pretty sure I can fix it up good as new, though. #alaskalife, right?
Anyways, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, etc to all of you out there, celebrating whatever it is you celebrate in whatever way you can in this difficult year. Remember in the end, love is all that really matters.
Don’t you just love a sunrise over a peaceful pond? That early morning light breaking through the mist is so lovely. Makes me want to cozy up with a cup of Earl Grey and a volume of Thoreau. I’ve tried to capture that misty morning feeling in this painting, Morning Light. Available for viewing or purchase at Art Shop Gallery in beautiful Homer, AK.
I really enjoyed painting this large raven. The background is a moody blue-grey streaked with golden yellow, and highly textured. Available for viewing and purchase at the Art Shop Gallery in Homer, Alaska.
I was lucky to spot a large pod of belugas in Cook Inlet a few weeks ago. With no pack ice to camouflage them in the summer, they really stand out with their bright white color and can be easily sighted splashing and rolling as they hunt their fishy prey. Such charismatic little whales, I can help but smile whenever I see them. With the corners of their mouths naturally upturned, I like to imagine they are smiling back at me.