Art Inspired by My Backyard Wildlife Habitat

pastel painting of snowy morning

Morning Snow 1

I hadn’t actually realized how much art I’ve done in, or and inspired by my backyard until I made my list. I had intended when I moved here to fill my yard with subjects for painting, and I guess I succeeded.

So here are thumbnails with links to the pages on my website where you’ll find them. I have them categorized by wild birds, landscapes, flowers and still lifes, and Winter White, which was a show I did entirely of small pieces of winter-themed artwork. You’ll have to scroll around because my pages are still in html, not php or any other script where you can do a customized search, but I hope you enjoy browsing.

All of these images are available as prints or sets of notecards, or you may purchase reproduction rights for use on a website or print publication. Please respect my ownership of these images and purchase them if you’d like to use them—check my online Marketplace to see what’s available and check my Marketplace blog for Backyard Inspired Greeting Cards and Eye on the Sparrow Notecards and Writing Paper,  two sets which feature many of these images.

Wild Birds are on Wildlife, and some are also in Winter White.

painting of junco on snowy branch

Snow Bird

pastel drawing of blue jays in tree

Jammin'Jay Blues

pastel painting of cardinal in snowy branches

Accent

pastel painting of birds in snow

Birds in Snow

pencil drawing of doves in bare tree

Biding Time

charcoal sketch of birds in spruce

The Sparrows in the Spruce

linoleum block print of chickadees on tree branch

Busy Chickadees

block print of nature

Near and Far Away

Landscapes are obviously on my Landscapes page, but you can also see the winter-themed ones on Winter White.

pastel painting of snowy morning

Morning Snow 1

pastel painting of snow under trees

Morning Snow 2

pastel painting of misty dawn

Dawn

pastel painting of foggy morning with spruces

Fog

watercolor of tree branches against winter sky

Tracings

pastel painting of clouds

Cloud Study

pastel painting of bird bath and forget me nots

Forget-me-nots

pastel painting of evening landscape

Spring Evening on the Hills

pastel painting of a spring sunrise

Spring Sunrise

pastel painting of green pepper in bowl

One Pepper

pastel painting of pink and red roses in a vase

Small Roses

pastel painting of red petunias on deck railing

Petunias

These are also primarily Landscapes but since they are winter-themed I have them linked to Winter White.

watercolor of tree shadows on snow

Colorful Shadows

watercolor of tree shadows on snow

Gentle Shadows

pastel painting of bare tree branches against sky

Wild Black Cherry Tree

pencil drawing of bare tree branches

Tree Study

pastel painting of tree trunks and shadows

Standing Trees

pastel painting of tracks in the snow

Tracks

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Read all the articles in this series

An Introduction to Backyard Wildlife Habitats

What’s in Your Backyard? The First Step in Planning Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat

What Else is in Your Backyard: The Fauna That Fill It

Bringing it All Together: Enhancing and Developing Your Habitat

Art Inspired by My Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Photography Inspired by My Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Poetry Inspired by My Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Prose Inspired by My Backyard Wildlife Habitat


Dusk in the Woods

pastel painting of snowy woods with stream at dusk

Dusk in the Woods

That “blue time of day”…a quick walk in the woods after a heavy snowfall as the sun set on the distant horizon, bare trees like sentinels. This time of day always carries a certain melancholy for me, as if a deep instinctive part of me realizes the sun is about to leave and may not come back. The moment stands in all its silent beauty along Robinson Run in Collier Township, on a trail running parallel to the Panhandle Trail.

Every once in a while I do a painting that comes straight from the heart. I wandered onto this scene one Sunday evening after a quick, heavy snowfall with only my camera. I photographed it, intending to come back to do a painting–difficult as that would be at this time of day when the light changes so quickly. But by noon the next day the snow had melted significantly, and then I waited for similar conditions for two years with no significant snowfall around the right time, about 5:00 p.m. in mid January, or early December as the time of day and light would be about the same.

I couldn’t wait any longer and began with my photos and ended with my vision, this painting, Dusk in the Woods. You can also visit this work and other related works on my website in Landscapes or Art of the Watershed.

And there is a cat connection with this painting. My precious Moses was nearing her end as I worked on it, me all through the night at my easel, her at my feet, every day losing a little more physical control as, at 19, her body just began giving out. I needed a project as big as this to bear the process of her loss, and in turn my strength and calm as I worked helped Moses. I will always connect this painting with her, and those late nights when I disappeared into this scene in order to paint it from memory.

In addition, I will always be happy that the original was purchased by the couple who helped to conserve this very spot along the Panhandle Trail, and, in fact, live above it at the top of the hill.

I sell this image as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, and I also have a range of prints both framed and unframed, from inexpensive digital prints beginning at 8″ x 10″ all the way up to the highest quality giclee prints at the full size of the painting, 31″ x 24″. I also carry it in a woven cotton blanket, mentioned earlier in this blog–in fact, this painting inspired me to have those blankets made in the first place!