Available Artwork

Several friends told me that the library hasn’t been able to give them my contact information or info on potential artwork purchases, so I’ve just updated my Gallery page. The images on my Gallery page currently represent the original artworks in my recent exhibit at the Napa County main library.  All of this artwork is… Continue reading Available Artwork

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Cascade Falls

I don’t think this was the actual Cascade Falls of Moran State Park, but it is a pretty little waterfall that flows out of Cascade Lake in the park and down into Cascade bay. We had a lovely time moored just off this little waterfall and also visiting Rosario and the historic home of shipbuilder… Continue reading Cascade Falls

Western Bluebird

The beautiful blue-and rust Western Bluebird is actually a small thrush.  They swoop over open fields to catch insects.  They can also be attracted to backyard feeders with mealworms. The bills of Western Bluebirds are not equipped to dig their own nest holes, so the presence of cavities in trees or posts, old woodpecker holes… Continue reading Western Bluebird

Red-shouldered Hawk

A medium-sized hawk, our California subspecies is rich reddish-orange on breast, head and shoulders.  The wings are strongly patterned black-and-white and the tail strongly barred.   Red-shouldered hawks are typically seen in riparian woodland habitats.  Since 1900, their population has declined due to the clearing of wet hardwood forests.  Red-shouldered hawks and other raptors also… Continue reading Red-shouldered Hawk

Black-headed Grosbeak

  This chunky bird has a heavy conical bill and a fully orange belly which distinguishes it from the Spotted Towhee. Often hidden in dense foliage, they are usually identified by their rich melodious whistling.  The song is similar to a Robin’s but faster and less broken. Back-headed Grosbeaks prefer habitat with mixed riparian woodlands… Continue reading Black-headed Grosbeak

Loss of inspiration

I’m afraid I’ve hit a bit of a snag in my blog for Art in the Library.  I’m having trouble getting motivated after one of my subjects died.  Our lovely pet Lucky was dying from cancer and we finally had to him go.  He was my constant companion; my home office seems very quiet now.… Continue reading Loss of inspiration

Quail Strut

Our golden foothills of California are a favorite habitat of this colorful quail.  The male often stands vigil on a tree stump or fence post, claiming his territory and warning his flock with his distinctive call to take cover in the underbrush. The distinctive call sounds like Chi-ca-go!