Sassy Sunburst

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Sassy Sunburst ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas coated hardboard panel

“Sassy” is a little Stellar’s Jay that lives with her family in a big old cedar snag in my yard. I hear her squawking at the cats every morning, trying to scare them away from her suet. She has become very brave, landing on the windowsill and peeking in at us as we eat lunch if her feeder is empty, as if to say, “Hey, what about my lunch?” She is quite the mimic, even using a Bald Eagle call in an attempt to chase away the cats!

This little painting will be up for auction tomorrow morning starting at $49, at DailyPaintworks. Click here to bid.

 

 

 

Fly Away With Me ~ Caherciveen Ireland

Fly Away With Me ~ 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas panel
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Oh…to fly away to Ireland again…I wish I could. Maybe not quite yet, judging from the fantastic storms they’re having right now, I might not want to be there. But soon. Please…soon 🙂
This building looked like a castle from a fairytale to me, but it was called the Barracks, in Caherciveen. 
Caherciveen was a little coastal village that I stayed in, as a departure point for my trip to the Skellig Islands, where the ancient beehive monastery perches on top of a spire of mountain rising out of the sea. The evening before my trip, I spied a castle ruin in the distance and decided to go for a walk. It didn’t look very far, but the road meandered in it’s typically irish way, and it took me a few hours to reach my destination, Ballycarberry Castle. The ruins were fascinating, and I spent a while exploring inside, where it was dark and spooky…imagining duels in the narrow tower stairwell.
Anyways, on my way back to my hostel the sun was starting to go down, and when I reached the Barracks, it was illuminated by the golden light of the setting sun (it’s actually a whitewashed building) As I stopped to snap pictures, the multitude of birds perched along it’s spires and rooftops burst into flight…and I ended up with this.