Friday, April 28, 2017

Box Kite Flyer

Oil, 4 x 4 inches

When these birds show up in the spring, the season's snowfalls aren't far from over. Fox Sparrows are large sparrows compared to the others, and are distinctively rust-colored with bold chest patterns. Perhaps just as strong of an identifier are their scratching manners. While foraging on the ground, Fox Sparrows will make small hops forward, then scratch back with their entire bodies to uncover tasty bits of food.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Oil, 4 x 4 inches

Baltimore Orioles have warm rich songs, so I often hear them before I see them. At my home, these birds only pass through in the spring and fall, so my chances of seeing them are fairly low. I like to keep my windows open while I work so I don't miss their visits, even if the temperatures are still in the 30s.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mandolin Along the Taconite Trail

This little oil painting depicts a Hermit Thrush that was right above me in a red pine as I walked on the Taconite State Trail in Grand Rapids, MN, a couple of years ago. It was my first time visiting the trail, and it was a beautiful, sunny, April day, not unlike today. This painting will be in MacRostie’s Little Big Show in Grand Rapids, MN. Opening reception is Friday, May 5th, 4-7 pm. The show runs through May 26, 2017.

Friday, April 7, 2017


Oil, 4 x 4 inches

Purple finches have beautiful, warbler-like songs in the spring, and if they're not at my feeder, then they're hanging out in the pines above. I find their voices particularly rich, tender, and expressive on quiet, still mornings, when they have the echoes of the forest all to themselves.