Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter is for the Birds~~

Seems I used this title before in a post or two.
What I really mean is~
this is the time of year I love to paint birds.

Well I love to paint them anytime but more so now.

I am working on a few this week and so enjoying the process.
Here are a few from the past and studies I did with some of my favorite teaching book artists.

Cardinals are a favorite and this one was painted sitting on a snowy branch on a wood star.
 Sorry for the  blurry photo. 

This sweetie is painted on a stone heart coaster that I have poured  and painted.

Another in a spring nest.
 I am  looking forward to painting more of these little darlings.
This little one is painted on an old vintage keepsake box.

This, in flight, Hummingbird, is a favorite study
and the Hibiscus flowers with water droplets were so much fun to paint.
This design is painted on a wood fan box.

This little fellow is currently in my Etsy Shoppe.
Hand Painted on an old vintage dish.

 A Robin in the roses is painted on one side of an old wood magazine holder.

The smokey technique for the background is done using a candle
with a silver spoon.
As you hold the spoon over the flame near the surface, the smoke adheres to the wood 
in a random pattern. You have to be careful not to start a fire!!!
After you have the background the way you want it,
You seal the surface with varnish so it won't rub off.
Then you proceed to paint your design.

The other side of the holder I painted another wonderful study from Nancy Kinny
and one of my favorite birds along with the Cardinal.
Love this Blue Jay sitting on a snowy branch.
I painted this about 15 years ago.

A little closer look at the smoked background.

Yes, winter is for the birds and my paint brushes.

I enjoy so many artsy works while being inside for the winter months.

There is not a  time I did not have a craft or design to work on.

Do you have a favorite art form or craft that you love to work on during the winter months?

Enjoy the day~

Stay warm and be blessed!

Celestina Marie



Crissi said...

So beautifully - so lovely designs - I'm thrilled!
♥-Hug Crissi

Sola Scriptura said...

Your birds are beautiful! What a lovely time of year to paint these pretty birds. I've been keeping myself busy with knitting and crochet this winter - making baby items of course :)

Rita C at Panoply said...

These are lovely Celestina Marie! All of these birds are visitors in my backyard! You've done a wonderful job capturing their essence.
Rita C

Valerie-Jael said...

Your bird paintings are really darling, as a bird lover I appreciate them very much! Hugs, Valerie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morni g myfriend,

I am at school, cold and reafy for the weekend already!

Your sweet birds are warming me by putting a dmile in my heart. They are the , ost precioud of nature's variety, in my opinion! Your work is so beautiful, and a great inspiration for spring. Much love dear one, anita

Stephanie said...

Dearest Celeste, your birds are beautiful. I love birds and find them to be quite charming and fascinating. I always eagerly await the arrival of the Robins for they bring a smile upon my face.

Thank you for sharing your lovely talent with us. Hugs to you!

NanaDiana said...

You are SUCH a talented artist, Celestina Marie. You just do a wonderful job. Someone sent me a little thing the other day that said when you have a cardinal at your feeder you have been visited by an angel that was part of your life. It made me smile.

What do you paint with mostly? Oils? Acrylics? Whatever it is you do a wonderful job.

Thanks for popping by to visit me yesterday. I hope to be back on a regular basis soon. Just trying to catch up with a few friends now. xoDiana

Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, these are all so beautiful!... I love birds so much and know that you do too... I think my favorite is the sweet little Robin on the stone heart, how adorable!... right now, I am enjoying sketching from my windowseat in my bedroom, my feathered friends outside my window... wish I was as talented an artist as you!... xoxo... Julie Marie

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,my dear friend,
your bird paintings are georgeous!I love them all, you did such a great work! But .. my favorite is the little Robin too , I Love those Birds so much!
Thank you for sharing and I am looking for more of your wonderful works!
Sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Okio B Designs said...

Your little birdies are precious. I wish I could paint. My dad is a pro but I didn't get the gene. =(


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Beautiful bird paintings!

Donna said...

Your painted birds are just gorgeous, Celestina! You are truly blessed with creativity:) They are all so beautiful, it's hard to pick a favorite. And I'm in awe just how realistic those water droplets on the hibiscus are!!! It really looks like you can reach out and touch them:) The heart you made and painted is so neat, too! I would love to hear how you created the stone shape:) Have a great day!

Dorthe said...

These are so beautiful, dear Celestina Marie, so allive they look , and in such wonderful colour tones ,too. I just love the sparrow ? on the piece in your etsy, she looks so very sweet and I can almost feel her feathers ,looking at her. You are a fantastic painter !!
Have a wonderful weekend ,-hope it isen`t pouring down, like it does here !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Laurie said...

Love birds and paintings of birds and pictures of birds, etc. Your paintings are so beautiful!

Mari said...

Dear Celeste all of your sweet birdies are just gorgeous, they are all so sweet, I adore birds something about them makes me happy.....


TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous! love 'em all, but that hummingbird and hibiscus blooms is extra special!

farmhouse-story said...

so very lovely, celeste! you have such an gift of painting! we did that technique once in paint class--it was fun!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Just lovely, Celeste! My favorite is the sparrow on the dish. I will have to get my bird feeder up. The squirrels have discouraged me, but I miss all my little birds!
I am thinking of you, setting aside time each day to paint in your studio, and what an inspiration that is to me. And you can blog too. So you're showing me it can be done!
Thanks for sharing your lovely artwork. I'm going now to have a peek in your etsy shop.

Tina said...

So pretty! What a wonderful way to brighten those gloomy winter days. I especially love the Cardinal and the Blue Jay :)

decorayadora said...

Hi dear Celestina !! Que lindo patrón de pajaritos !!eres una gran artista

Jan Hermann said...

I love birds! I really love the Robin and the Blue Jay you've painted. Just beautiful Celeste.

Jan ♥

Dianna said...

Oh Celeste...the birds are beautiful, but that dear little sparrow is my favorite! The fact that you love and enjoy what you do definitely is evident in your work. Hugs to you.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina, I love the technique with the smoke. Quite clever and really adds to the depth of the picture. All your little birds are really sweet and beautiful. I have said it before, I am in awe of your talent..Happy Painting..Judy

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my goodness, are soooo talented! What a gift you've been given. Your artwork is so beautiful. I've never heard of that candle technique, and it's so interesting! I always love seeing your work and what you've been up to. Blessings to you!

xoxo laurie

Linda Walker said...

I love all of these birds as well! Your paintings of them are beautiful! I have stitched up a few birds in my day but I cannot paint! I wish I could! Maybe someday I will learn! Robins and cardinals are my most favorite!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

All your birds are so pretty, Celeste! That is an amazing technique and I would never have thought you got it to look that way from a spoon and a flame. I was actually thinking about birds today when I happened to see a couple of nests too high to reach in the two trees in the front of our condo. One is quite small and I was wondering what types of birds they belonged to. I also was thinking I need to get some seed out in my feeders!

The Farmers Daughter said...

These are beautiful! My Grandmother did china painting and birds were some of her favorites. You are so talented!
Farmhouse Blessings!

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are an amazing artist! You managed to make each so life like they look as if they are going to fly off the page!

Createology said...

How lovely your bird paintings are. The details you achieve truly show your studies have paid off for you. Winter is a wonderful time to bring your birds to life. Creative Bird Bliss...


The sparrow looks like the ones that come to my bird feeder. You are so talented!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love, love, love all the birds that you have painted. They are beautiful!!

Unknown said...

Hi Celeste,
Your birds are so beautiful. I love the way you paint. As much as I love to paint, I find that my favorite thing to do is paint something and then turn it into a digital design. Creating is a daily event for me.

I love your work.


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love birds in my decor and you have done a magnificent job in painting the birds!...Beautiful, beautiful !!...I do not usually have one project or craft that I work on during the winter months...I keep myself pretty busy with activities in the home, community, and travel...Have a great weekend!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your birds all have a preciousness to them, you're a very talented artist. Plus today I learned an amazing tip ... Who knew candle and silver spoon!
Have a wonderful weekend mon amie.

Debbie Harris said...

Beautiful! The work of your hands always amaze me, dear Celestina.
I can sweetly visualize you in your lovely home creating all this beauty.
Over the last year I have come to appreciate birds more, especially since the wild Turkeys are coming and allowing me to feed them. They bring joy and laughter to my heart.
I believe I shall start bird watching as the quiet time would be lovely.

It's always a joy to visit you, Celestina.

Have a wonderful week-end.

Alessandra said...

I love birds and i think they are very sweet. Believe me...i' ve never seen some sweetest birds before yours! You did a gorgeous job in painting them!!! You are so talented, my dear friend.Creating is a daily job for me and it depends on my ispiration.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Celestina, your birds are gorgeous, I love them!
You do such a beautiful job of painting birds - they look so real.
My winter project is clearing out closets, drawers and letting go of many, many things. It's like going to a thrift shop. I have found so many things that I forgot I had. I am giving a lot of fabric to my neighbor who makes lap quilts for the veterans that are in wheel chairs and to children that have cancer. She can really whip them up so quick. Barb has a quilting machine.
Have a great week and stay warm, dear friend.

Gaby Bee said...

Your bird paintings are fantastic! I love your technique with the smoke. You are very talented artist!


Gaby Bee said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. I am delighted to have you as a follower, thank you so much.
I'm following you also, so I can see any future post.


suziqu's thread works said...

Oh that little Blue Jay is such a sweetie! Oh I wish I just had a tiny bit of your painting talent but sigh! No! I am such a raw beginner!
Maybe you could come and paint a few of these sweetheart birds in my books - hehe! what do you think Celeste?
Have a truly wonderful week!

Debbie said...

So pretty, Celestina.
Birds always bring a smile to my face...real, or painted.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

I love all your sweet little birds, the painting work you do is amazing.
Looks like you are getting right back into your lovely work.
Happy new week

Old Time Cindy said...

Such pretty work! That smokey technique is so interesting, Celeste. I probably would unintentionally start a fire. :) I'm not really crafting much this winter as I'm updating the house which is keeping me busy.
Farmhouse hugs,

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just love all your birdies and your style of painting! I am blessed to have cardinals and blue jays right outside my parlor window to watch!

chateau chic said...

You're such a talented artist, Celestina Marie. Love the darling birds you've been painting.
Mary Alice

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gorgeous as always. The birds are so beautiful and yes, they deserve this special post. I love watching them. Too bad, I don't have your talent. Happy Monday. xo

White Lace and Promises said...

Can't say which is my favorite but I think I like the birdie on the wooden box, maybe because I love the roses flowers and petals behind it.

Red Rose Alley said...

I can't believe you painted these birds, Celestina! You have such a talent. I loved the hummingbird, and the dew drops look incredibly real. I love the colors of this one, and I think you know that the hummingbird is beloved to me. I also liked the blue jay because I see lots of them around here. The red cardinal you painted was so pretty also. Bird watching is one of my favorite things to do, so I enjoyed this post very much.

love, ~Sheri

Sylvia said...

Love your paintings. I enjoy sitting and watching the birds and excited when they arrive after a long cold winter.

Huckleberry stitches said...

Beautiful birds! Your so talented! Loved everyone of them....the cardinal is a favorite of mine and was a favorite of my dads......thank you for sharing!

Scrappy quilter said...

Amazing art work. Love your use of colour.

Ana Love Craft said...

Hi Celestina! Wonderful hand painting!You are so talented! I love winter and birds maybe because I was born in January :) I find you on Rose Inspiration from lovely blog of Stephanie.
Have a great week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Christine said...

Hi Celestina Marie! Found your wonderful blog through Stephanie's linky party. You are so talented! the birds are beautiful!
Best wishes

magnoliasntea said...

Ah, I see I have landed in bird heaven so don't wake me. :) Your painted birds are really gorgeous! I love them all. Thank you for sharing your work.
Have a great evening!

Conniecrafter said...

Your painting is just beautiful!! wonderful collection of birds, I did tole painting years ago but nothing this beautiful!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Oh my GOSH you are so so talented! And I love birdies!!!!!!!!!!! Bravo, oh to be able to do that- cannot even imagine. Wow.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I love your sweet birds are such a talented painter. I have never heard of that smoky trick with a silver spoon. Who would have known! I love the effect it gives.

Have a wonderful week my friend!

Nélia Botelho said...

Olá Celestina

Linda a sua colecção de pássaros.Parabéns pela sua arte que os faz tão naturais e amorosos em qualquer decoração.



miss b said...

You are so talented! Your paintings of birds are so pretty and I particularly like the ones painted on the vintage keepsake box and the fan box. I was very interested to learn about the techniques you use too. We have several bird boxes in our garden. There is a cute robin too which always sits on the old gate.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Celestina your birds are just beautiful. You are a real talented artist! I love everyone of your painting you shared with us. I love crocheting or knitting during the winter!
Stay warm.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Ahh such talent! I get to see these birds daily but don't have the talent to paint or draw them. The bird on the plate is sweet!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

So many beautiful examples of your painting in this post! Winter is the perfect time to work on handwork for me. Thanks for sharing all your lovely works of art!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

LOVE these sweet birds!!
You are so very talented!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, your bird paintings are just beautiful! I've said it before, but you are so talented and your work is just gorgeous and so life like! Pretty pretty pretty! Have fun painting and hope the rest of your week is wonderful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Beautiful - every one of them. How beautifully and creatively you use your talents. I love seeing your work.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..