I took pictures of chickadees in the snow, back in the winter. I did these paintings of them – originally in snow. I was not happy with the blank whiteness, or maybe I didn’t want to revisit winter, so – I livened things up, made them warmer. I hope the chickadees like these homes I have made for them.

Acrylics, March 2017, 10″ x 8″.



20 thoughts on “Chickadees

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I love chickadees too And I’m so glad that you think I caught their spirit. I admire their plucky way of coping with anything and especially in winter. And they always look so neat and trim in the black and white color scheme.

  2. Carol A. More

    Beautiful, Claudia! And really, our left brain tells us snow is ‘white’ but it changes color with reflected light and can be any color, right? And there’s always some melted snow with spring grass poking through….You nailed this.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I just felt the birds needed warm around them, not plain or cold, and I wanted to make them look good. Plus, you know, I just go off on a tangent and once things start rolling, well, there is no holding back!

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Basking, I love that characterization, because that is just what I felt they needed, a warm spot to luxuriate in, not cold snow to chill their little feet…

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