Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tall, dark and handsome?

The last couple of weeks got swallowed up in projects and I completely forgot about blogging. Sorry.

So here is a post mostly devoted to crows. Well not so tall, but definitely dark and handsome.

Crows are fascinating birds to watch, or be watched by. Very intelligent and very curious birds. These birds may remember that I sometimes have a treat in my pocket for them.

Do you think?

Anticipation ...


Please..oh please..

pretty please ...

Well I just happen to have a few peanuts. Do crows like peanuts? Oh yes.

Not just one peanut, they cram as many as they can into their beaks. The crow below is "stacking" his peanuts.
How many nuts can one crow stuff into its beak? Well three is good but I have seen them occasionally get four at the same time, with one or two in their throat and a couple in the beak.

Impressive to watch. 

The crow below has a peanut sandwich in mind, also notice the small amount of greenery, that's 3 food groups together! Smart crow.
Just in case you are tiring of crows here are a ring-necked duck, a sparrow and a towhee, the towhee was taken through a window so the picture is not quite as crisp as I would like.

I have been busy painting, in fact I even painted a bird this week.
This one is almost finished, it is a watercolour of a Ring-necked duck. The photograph doesn't quite do it justice, when I am finished I will scan it and post it again.
I have been focussing on paintings of masks for display at Image West (2885 West Broadway, near MacDonald Street in Vancouver); the owner is happy to have a colourful rotating display of art on his walls and I am happy for the opportunity to display my work.
Image West is the hair salon I have been going to for many years, really great people, if you would like to see the art they would welcome you.
Here are two new mask paintings, both are watercolours.
Carnival 3: 
Carnival 4:
For more information about these paintings you can go to my website
or email me at
Well that is all I have for this week, hope you are all keeping well, take care of yourselves,
Happy Whimsy Wednesday,


  1. LOVE the crow photos! up close and personal with these beauties! great duck painting, too, and congrats on displaying your masks!

  2. Fanstastic crow images! Stunning paintings! Hope you make a sale or two in showing your work.

  3. Fantastic bird images and the masks, wonderful Gillian.

  4. From what I have learned about crows and their ilk, it is best to be on the good side of them ;) Feeding them peanuts will put you in their good books. Terrific photos of them eating peanuts...encouraging to see one with a balanced diet that includes greens. Other photos are super, too... and your paintings are excellent!

  5. The crows are big and handsome, with their shiny coats!! Your artwork is lovely!!

  6. I agree that crows are fascinating birds. We have a couple that visit our yard when we put out peanuts. We do it for the crows and the blue jays so it's fun to see who comes first after we put a few out.

  7. Hello Gillian, I am always amazed at the amazing photos of birds that you post on your blog. Good luck with your exhibition and all the best for the coming year!