Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!--Vickie Henderson

This male Red-bellied woodpecker has given me quite a bit of joy in the past week, appearing at my feeders, and landing so close, that my breath nearly stops. He is truely beautiful, especially with the sunlight reflecting off his red head.
I can say that my sketch does not do him justice. But it gave me plenty of practice and some intimate time with him and the holly. Earlier today, before the wind began to gust and the cold front moved in, we had sun and warm mid 50's F temps. So I sat in the sun for a while and examined those holly leaves more closely making sketches of how the berries and leaves connected to the stem.
Happy Holidays everyone!


  1. Gorgeous Vickie! And hope you had a great Christmas!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! And very festive, too!

  3. Vickie, this is absolutely stunning!!! R-b W is sooo alive! Love how you gave him center stage and worked watercolor magic on the holy and tree stump. Brilliant!

  4. Vickie, I'm so glad you got the chance to capture this fellow! BEAUTIFUL.

  5. You all are wonderful! He was so beautiful, my critical eye was overly active as I looked at the sketch. It was a delight this morning to read all these comments!


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