Wednesday, September 3, 2014


The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird hovers to feed from flowers.  The course of the wingtip during a complete wingbeat would describe a very flat figure 8 laid on it's side.  The Ruby-Throated Hummer is the only species breeding in NYS and  leaves early fall for warmer climates.  The males leave first, followed by the females, and the juveniles leave last which is
evidence of instinct behavior.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Climatis 2 - NFS

This picture was originally titled " Climatis.  Since I was unhappy with it, I used amonia to remove the varnish under the area where I wanted to paint a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  Then I removed the watercolor with water.  Painted the hummer and revarnished.  Now I am happy with the painting.  11"x14"  Watercolor on Aquabord, sealed with UV Resistant Krylon Acrylic varnish.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Green Violet Ear

This medium-sized metallic green hummingbird is mostly found in forested areas of Mexico to northern South America, although they have been spotted in Calif. & Florida.  Like other hummers, the legs are short & weak.  They rarely, if ever, land on the ground since quick escape from predators would be virtually impossible.  8"x10" Watercolor on Aquabord, sealed with UV Resistant Krylon Acrylic Varnish.  No glass needed.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Great Egrets - NFS

The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in the North American wetlands, both salt water and freshwater.  They nest high in trees often on islands free from raccoons and other predators.  11"x14" Watercolor on Aquabord.  Sealed with Krylon UV Archival Varnish.  No Glass needed.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Music in His Wings - NFS

Allen's hummingbird is 3-3-l/2" in length and can be found in brushy
woods, gardens,and meadows of Calif. and north to Oregon.  He is 
 highly aggressive, territorial and has been known to attack hawks.
. 9x12 watercolor on Aquabord.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


On my lst trip to Florida, I noticed a squirrel in an orange tree with an orange in his paws.  I didn't know squirrels ate oranges but he was taking the skin off with his teeth.  Maybe he was only after the seeds.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Damsel in Distress

Damselflies are among the most ancient & beautiful insects.  They are found near shallow freshwater and are beneficial insects.  Damselflies have exceptional visual responses & a truly agile flight.  9x12 watercolor on Aquabord.

Friday, January 17, 2014


The Ruby Throated hummer is the only one that lives and breeds in NY.  Since they are not well adapted to the cold weather, they tend to migrate in late August to early September.  Hummingbirds only are present in the Americas, north, central and south.

Where's the birds - NFS

The Hungarian Vizsla loves to romp in the fields sniffing and looking for birds.  When birds are found the Vizsla points out their location.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Blue Throated Hummingbird - NFS

The Blue Throated Hummingbird is the largest hummer north of Mexico with the northern limits of his range in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  His length is 4-1/2" to 5" and has a wingspan of 8".  The female usually builds each new nest on top of her previous nest leading to "nest towers".