Friday, February 11, 2011

Hand Out

This painting was done from a photo I snapped this morning. There's a bit of a story behind this piece. Several years ago my family and I discovered we could hand feed the chickadees that come to my second floor studio window. One cold winter day, I stuck my hand full of sunflower seeds out the window and waited patiently...for a very long time. Well, the wait paid off because eventually the chickadees tentatively got closer and closer, until one brave bird decided to my hand and eat from it! I was hooked. That winter my family and I spent many hours by the window feeding these little creatures.  

We have every winter since. It's really quite magical.

They're not quite so timid anymore and sometimes come two at a time.

We've since also hand fed a barn swallow, nuthatches and
countless chickadees.  The story continues with tomorrow's painting post...


Kathy Mallat said...

Been there...fed them! And, this painting really captures the exhilaration of that moment. Beautifully done!

Stephanie Berry said...

Very sweet. I used to do that too but don't have the patience anymore. What did the barn swallow come for?

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

that's amazing!!