Up to 34 mourning doves in the tree outside a straight, short flight to tour deck feeders. It appears they were taking turns coming to the deck, eating, then returning to roost, and another group of 3-4 would come in for nourishment. At this point, there were 20-something.
Seems fitting I offered my first set of bird notecards today, though this group has no doves.
Several friends and acquaintances have suggested or asked that I offer a choice in my notecards, so I spent the day setting up the first 18 to allow exactly that. I like the idea because, since I print to order anyway, it isn't much more complicated to do this for people, and it will tell me over a few months which people respond to most. I have dozens and dozens of cats so it's good to know. I really enjoy doing this, though I will admit I'm looking forward to getting back to creating new works on a steady basis.
On Sunday, I completed the first painting I had done in about 3 years, and the first cat painting in perhaps 4. It's not that I lost my love of or fascination with cats, it's that living with eight has given me a bit of that "Coals to Newcastle " syndrome.
So without further adieu, here is Oh, Julius a composite of six creamsicle-marmalade-gingers I have known over the past 25. Three lived or are living with our son, two with us and one a darling rescue from New York who it seems, half the social networking country fell in love with.
The painting is 5 x 7 inches, his eyes follow you, and he is very sweet. I will keep him for a time as a talisman which I hope will encourage me to get back to painting on a regular basis, but may do a limited number full-sized prints on canvas.