PATRICIA WARFIELD
'BIRDS & NESTS'
Northeastern Birds and their Habitats

April 2010
Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury

Birds of the Northeast
Bird Watching! Who watches Birds? People who have nothing better to do: Get a Life!

Well yeah, I watched and painted crows for over 2 years. But they aren’t like birds, they’re fascinating, they are another species unto themselves!

However, after painting a series of 3 large ‘9/11’ paintings and not having the energy to start the 4th, I was having coffee watching the birds at the birdfeeder and thought “They really are pretty, they’re all different, and such a variety of songs. Ah! There’s a woodpecker…” and then I started… First with pencil, then I thought their different colors and patterns are really what separate them from each other. They move so quickly, how could I do them in color? I started with pastels (which I use a lot and love), but not fast enough — watercolors (not my favorite medium) but a lot faster than pastels or oils.

So instead of using photos, I sat at the window for hours, brush in hand, just to capture very short glimpses and get their movement down on paper. People travel the world never realizing the variety and beauty of birds in their own backyard. That’s how my bird-watching experience began; now I’m hooked.

Nests
A few years ago we bought this small house in Maine. It’s in a little lobster town which in the winter has 600 residents. The prior owners left a beautiful Robin’s nest on the front porch for us. So perfectly made – grasses and straw on the outside with clay on the inside.

A few years later as I was working on the bird paintings I thought it would be fun to paint some nests. But where to find them?

Eventually I spoke to our wonderful landscaper, Steve, about keeping his eyes open for any nests he might see in Black Rock and the nests started arriving! I would find them at my doorstep from Steve and soon, friends would bring them to me. I must have 40 or more nests by now. The hardest one to paint has been the dove’s nest. It’s so flat but made of layers of twigs. It’s hard to give it depth. The most fascinating nest so far has been the oriole’s. Such a sculpture – it’s a weaving in itself. Each type of bird builds its own unique type of nest. Really Amazing. So as I work I am very aware that I’m painting sculptures! I like that idea!
 


Painting Title

Medium

Price

Oriole Nest

Oil

$3,000


 

House of Thorns

Oil

$3,500


 

Dove Nest

Oil

$2,500


 

Bridgeport Nest

 

Oil

$2,500

Mouse Nest in Bird’s Nest in Drawer

 

Oil

$2,000

 

Small Nest

 

Oil

$ 750

The Golden Nest 

Oil

$3,000


 

The Hideaway

Oil

$5,500


 

Twins

Oil

$2,500


 

Cat Bird in Nest on Pyre

 

Oil

$2,500

Night & Day

        

Charcoal

$3,000

As the Crow Flies

 

India Ink/Brush

$3,000

Duet

 

India Ink/Brush

$3,000

Study of Cat Bird & Starling

Watercolor

$   400


 

Study of Parrots Eating Suet with Grackle & Starling

Watercolor

$   900


 

Study of Cat Bird, Tufted Tit Mouse, Chickadee            

Watercolor           

$   500


 

Study of Sparrows & Parts

Watercolor           

$   500


 

Study of Parrot Head & Cat Bird Head, 2 Baby Sparrows – Grackle

 

Watercolor           

$   500

 

Study of Parrot in Middle, Cat Birds Grackles & Head of a Woodpecker        

Watercolor           

$   500


 

Study of 3 Babies & 1 Sparrow

Watercolor                           

$   500


 

Study of 1 Sparrow, 1 Baby
& 2 Cat Birds 

                          

Watercolor           

$   500

 

Study of 2 Parrots, 1 Cat Bird, & Woodpecker Heads

Watercolor           

$   900


 

Study of 2 Grackles & 2 Sparrows

 

Watercolor           

$   500

Study of Nest with Cracked Egg

Watercolor           

$   500


 

Study of Red-Winged Black Bird & 2 Cat Birds

Watercolor           

$   500


 

Study of 2 Sparrows, Parrot Head, Cat Bird                  

Watercolor

$   500


 

Study of 1 Grackle             

Watercolor           

$   300

 

Study of Nest in Tree Branch

Watercolor           

$   400


 

Study of 2 Wren Nests & Birds

Watercolor

$   900


 

The Messenger

Fiber Sculpture    

 $15,000


 

Tree of Life                          

Oil          

$ 9,500

 


 

The Three Graces               

India Ink /Brush 

 $4,500


 

Run River, Run

Oil          

$2,500


 

Nature’s Sonnet

Oil

$5,000


 

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