Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Southern Birding, Ladies of the Morning Daily Painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

Ladies of the Morning
7" x 5"

Today's daily painting Ladies of the Morning was done in response to the wonderful yellow sunrise we had here yesterday. The palms looked as though they were just emerging from the golden glow infusing the landscape. Today's sunrise is nice, too, although not quite as dense and golden.

The song of the cardinal is coming from the nearby bird feeder. His mate hasn't been coming as often perhaps because she's nesting nearby. Soon after sunrise a horde of hungry grackles will appear, throwing food everywhere and squawking and arguing loudly. The Cornell Bird Guide calls their song "a harsh, unmusical "readle-eak," like a rusty gate. Call a sharp, harsh "chack."

Tne feeder-full a day is all they'll get. The doves, nesting in the nearby lusciously fragrant Confederate jasmine will come by to clean up the seeds that the grackles have thrown to the ground. I'm still waiting to see the finches come to feed, but know there are some around. The nijer seed was a complete failure since none of the birds liked it at all. Any suggestions for a feed the songbirds love but won't bring the noisy grackles?

Today I'll work on a new commission, a painting of the New York Mohawk Valley. I've begun to block it out by haven't really started to paint yet. Doing something other than the Everglades is a nice change once in a while and a bit of a challenge. I'll let you know how it's going!


Anonymous said...

whoa...abstracty! great color...I saw that sunrise, then went back to sleep. Your my hero.

JoAnn Sanborn said...

Sounds like a great plan -- wish I could do it!

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