Category: Drawing Traditional Art
Posted: July 18, 2021

Parent Cardinals Feeding Their Hatchlings.

Cardinals Feeding their Babies

by Glena Jessee-King Interested in this? Contact The Artist

Birds - Art Contest Entry 
Our State bird is the red Cardinal; the flower is the Dogwood. I wanted to include the female and painted the mother in the nest dropping worms into the open mouths of the Hatchlings. One larger hatchling is to the side awaiting the father's food. With Cardinals, the Male shares in feeding the young, protecting, and the extra duty of keeping the nest cleaned out by carrying away the offspring's BMs, any accidents, and any waste. I had a circular canvas, 16" by 16", so I painted a border from imagination--somewhat abstractly. Later I may have sketched lightly; then, I painted the scene and female Cardinal with acrylic and the male Cardinal with water-soluble oils. Learning in the last two years that acrylic doesn't go over oils well, but oils (traditional or water-soluble) go over acrylic fine, then I painted the whole scene (except the border) with water-soluble oils. (I hope to spray later when dry.) I did minor work on the background circling, other, and resized. The father is on his way, mouth open and no doubt calling out to his family as well as carrying food for the stay-hungry little ones.
Post Type: Traditional Art
Mixed Media: Minor Sev. years back I painted a border around my circular stretched 16 by 16" Created on a circular canvas 16" by 16" by perhaps lightly sketching; then, I used acrylic on all but the red Cardinal. Later I painted all of the scene but the border with water-soluble oils. (I did the whole work mostly from memory, a little observance.)

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Cardinals Feeding their Babies by Glena Jessee-King
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