I used to live where my kitchen window looked out onto a small grove of pecan trees. A metal shed was the backdrop to the grove.
I loved watching the birds through the seasons and times of wild fires or migrations. They’d flock to the trees and irrigation water. But the ravens would come exactly when the pecans were perfectly ripe. They are smart and diligent, able harvesters.
This painting is taken from a photo I took through my kitchen window during their happy harvest time. I have wanted to paint it for years, but I just now couldn’t resist the verticals supporting the swirl of the birds.
Being a small piece, it went quickly, and using linseed makes it dry slower, but I loved the flowing of the paints.
I am hoping to do a series of verticals with a spattering of things like people, or other birds, or cows? Images must be consistent with those two elements.
Then again, landscapes are tempting as well. More relaxing work than portraits.