Friday, February 26, 2010

Goldfinch

Seed Eater, acrylic/collage, 36 x 24, by Elizabeth Seaver

My friend Aline took this photo in her wonderland of a garden last year.  I finally got "a round tuit" and painted this goldfinch on a large, collaged canvas which had been languishing for just the right subject.  

The male American Goldfinch in its late spring/summer garb is a tiny splash of sunshine in swooping flight.  It is hard to believe there is plumage so yellow in existence.  Females, as is often true in the bird world, are much less showy in color, more of an subdued olive green.  You can observe goldfinches at backyard feeders in much of the country.  

Aline captured a whole series of images, including one which has the little fellow, tail-up, rooting around in the head of the flower for just this seed!

35 comments:

Kim said...

Very nice!! Gorgeous colour and I love your bird!

Elizabeth said...

My favorite colors, one of my favorite birds and a sunflower as well- hard to come up with a better combo!! Beatuifully DOne E!!!!!!! Can't wait to see in person!!!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Kim. Thanks for the nice comments. Color and bird make me happy--not to mention sunny days and sunny flowers!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Elizabeth--hope to see you soon at Ltown. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm. It keeps me going!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Elizabeth...LOVE this one! Do you remind people to click the painting larger?? It shows some awesome stuff when you do! Love sunflowers myself...specially from behind!! We have finches...but so far none so colorful...else I'd be outside most days with my camera! HA

Anna said...

Beautiful! This cold has kept me home, so Im glad that you posted this one. You have such talent! The fuzzys on the stem and the movement...perfection!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hey, Saundra! Yes, it's a good thing you like snow, because your spring comes a good deal later than ours! We still aren't seeing these guys in their yellow costumes, yet, either.

Thanks for your comments.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hey, Anna! We were wondering if you were still feeling puny. I'm so sorry. I hope we see you soon, friend!

I'm glad you like Seed Eater. And you know the garden and gardener of which I write!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

love those blues in layers!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I really appreciate your comment, Robin, since I consider you one of the queens of layers! Thanks for stopping by!

Linda G said...

love it Elizabeth! I've seen you working on it and thought it was nice but this photography it's just gorgeous!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks, Linda.

Susan said...

Hi Elizabeth! Just found your blog via Ces & Andrew - your paintings and prints are gorgeous, you have a new follower! I am a hobby birder too and we have lots of Goldfinches where we live in CT. In addition to their beauty, I love their unique song. Have a great weekend, Cheers! Susan

http://susanbethstudio.blogspot.com/

-Don said...

Very nice, Elizabeth. It feels very "spring-ish". In fact, with the cool red and white stripes in your collage, it makes me think summer - like around the 4th of July. I notice it already has an honorable mention. Well deserved. :-)

-Don

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Susan: I will be by to check out your blog, too. I love to welcome new followers, but ones who love birds, well--an added bonus!

Thanks so much for your kind words about my work.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Don: Thanks so much for your comments, especially about the collage element. I do not always plan the collage to work in a specific way with the painting, and love the surprises that happen when I'm done!

Michelle Smith said...

Very Nice. On the closer view, it looks as though the little bird is looking right at me.

RHCarpenter said...

The sunlit stems and the yellows of the flower and bird just call you into that blue - great stuff here!! It makes you remember that, yes, there is that yellow in the world even if it's hidden by all the snow right now.

Art Trip said...

Nice bird. Looking forward to the spring.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Michelle, Rhonda and ArtTrip: Thanks for coming by and commenting on my post. I appreciate hearing from you all!

Andrew Finnie said...

Great contrast here in texture and colour. I think this is my favourite work so far. Congrats!

lilasvb said...

nice painting

Gwen Bell said...

Great color and detail. Like the way you have so much going on in the background against the simple image of the bird and flower. Nice balance!

Celeste Bergin said...

this is an awesome painting!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Andrew, lilasvb, Gwen and Celeste: Your encouragement means a lot. Thanks for leaving such supportive comments.

Incognito said...

Sunflowers are one of my favorite subjects in paintings and I just love the look on this bird's face. I'll be sure to check it out when I'm back for more than a few seconds. Beautiful work!

lettuce said...

ah this is lovely. They look different from english goldfinches.

I started putting out niger seed a few years back, and now have lots of goldfinches visiting, they are so bright and sweet

Barbara M. said...

Hi Elizabeth,

This just dazzled me. We see these little birds for a brief period in the late spring/summer. They are just passing through, but the sight makes a whole day feel golden. This painting did the same thing for me -- it illuminated the day, and made me feel intensely joyful, absolutely clear that there is beauty and wonder in the world.

Take care,

Barbara

Anudeepa Kadiresan said...

I love this very much.I wish to have a look at your canvas.
very colorful,attractive,very good............

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks, Incognito! We miss your face and presence around the place.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Lettuce! Thanks for visiting and making such a nice comment. I'd love to know what your kind of goldfinch looks like!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Barbara! What nice remarks you've left. I am feeling the need for sunshine and spring and light. I'm glad you like my sunflower and goldfinch painting.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks for leaving me such a warm comment, Anu! I really appreciate your opinion and your visit!

Connie said...

Elizabeth - I love the colors in this work and the bird is wonderful - a totally charming painting!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Connie! I'm glad you like my little goldfinch. Thank you so much for stopping by.