Friday, December 05, 2008

'One Turtle Dove'

"Christmas Turtle Dove"
Oil on Panel
NFS (for now)

Click on picture for a larger view.

Commonly known as Mourning mother used to call them "Rain Doves" because they would always fly into the yard just before a rain came. Now I know them to also be the classic "Turtle Doves" from the 12 Days of Christmas. We have them hanging around our yard frequently. They are so beautiful and I love them, in spite of the efforts they make at grabbing the seeds we put out for the smaller songbirds. They waddle around and flee with noisy flapping when I let our dog out. Their colors are so subtle, yet I think they look very sophisticated in their soft browns and black spots. The blue around their eyes is a very beautiful blue...recalling that softest of sky meets the sea kind of blue.

Sorry for not keeping up with posts for a while. This thing with taking care of my Dad has really cramped my time. And while I am not painting as frequently, when I do have time, I am researching ideas and thinking of what to paint next. I recently went to a gallery crawl in Charlotte and feasted my eyes on wonderful works by other artists. And I keep looking at the websites of artists I admire, gathering as much as I can by studying their works. In fact, I think I have come up with a new malady....I am calling it "Admiration Paralysis." I can get so taken with other artists' work that I hit my head against the wall asking myself how could I ever be THAT good and WHY am I even doing this!!! But after beating myself up, I force myself back to the easel and tell myself just to dive in there and keep going. I am running out of time for Christmas cards...but may try to get this image done on a card to send. If not, I'll just send out some other cards I bought on stand-by.


AJ said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Cheryl!

I especially love the little pose that this dove has- you've captured her completely.

Also, the highlighted branches in the upper right and bottom leads the eye back to the center of interest- great composition!!

sandy said...

Hi Cheryl, been awhile since I've stopped glad to see an update. This is one beautiful bird!!

Keep it up...I love your art.

Mary Rogers said...

Cheryl, the dove is beautiful! YOU are one of the "admired" artist by others! I always enjoy your work.


Cheryl Pass said...

Thank you 3, AJ, Sandy, and Mary, very much!! I am so hoping to have more painting time soon...and I am so happy you guys are sticking around through this!!
Happy New Year to each of you!!