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!