This Bullock’s Oriole painting was begun in 2005 and I’m calling it finished now in February of 2024. This is a singing male in a Cottonwood tree. Bullock’s Orioles are Cottonwood-obligates around here, I believe, they need Cottonwoods and when there are a lot of Cottonwoods–knock on some soft Cotton-wood here–there are usually Bullock’s around.
Anytime you have really bright iridescent colors on a bird, it is going to be hard to paint convincingly. As you can tell by looking at the painting, I piled on the paint until it didn’t want to pile on anymore. I like it–well, I love it–but I’m not sure if anyone else will.
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