Remember how cold the Winter was and how long it took for Spring to arrive this year?
On a chilly April morning my Uncle John was out taking photographs of waterfowl and nature, and on his way home spotted a little wren sitting in the sun, but hidden in a mess of twisting branches and thorn bushes, just trying to warm up in the morning sun.
The Wren's eyes were so large and expressive- they were almost human. After a few sketches I had to paint this little bird. Everything about this wren was so intriguing. The spot he chose to sit and warm up- he blended so well into the same colors. The thorns looked dangerous yet they protected this Wren from predators. He was so easy to overlook unless you were completely immersed into nature as my Uncle John is.
When I paint pictures like these, I also feel totally immersed in the subject- I feel myself standing near the thorn bush staring at this little bird, hearing the other birds chattering in the distance... and I am a part of nature from my drafting table.
Check out my Uncle's photography online by clicking here- and experience nature from an outdoorsman's perspective.
A. E. West
Fine Artist with interests in Conservation, History and Nature paints subjects from coastal Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York.