O Is For Oriole–Baltimore

I had a lot of company today, some expected and some not, so I’m talked out ;-).  Some days when you read my blog and I’m long-winded it’s pretty much because I have spent the whole day or possibly two days mostly by myself.  Not the case today–so here is my offering–the brightly colored Baltimore Oriole.  I just think these are beautiful birds and didn’t want to miss an opportunity to paint one.  The Oriole we see around here is a Bullock’s Oriole but I decided to break yet another of one of my rules and go rogue–paint a bird outside of my territory.  They’re only MY rules anyway–besides, some of my friends from the East Coast may want to purchase a bird painting or two as well.O is for Oriole_Baltimore_painted Oct 23

Besides painting an Oriole, I started on the painting for tomorrow–here’s a sneak peek.  I’m sure it’s obvious what it is.  If not, you’ll just have to be surprised.

L is for Loon_started 10_23My friends who were here to see my studio and have lunch with me were interested in what these pieces look like in real life.  I decided that it would be good to share with all of you.  Here is the display I created for these little 5″x7″ pieces–thank you Ikea.  It’s a great way to let them dry and also it kinda dictates what bird I will do next or what color background.  I don’t want them all to be the same.

A-Z Display

Eventually, hopefully before Open Studio, I will have note cards made from these.  I’m trying to decide if I should sell them as individual cards or as a full alphabet.  Any input?  I won’t tell you which way I’m leaning until I get some feedback (IF I get feedback)–hypothetically, if you were buying these cards, would you rather have 2 of 4 different paintings packaged together (my choice), the option of buying them individually or packaged in an A-Z (one of each) format?  Or all of the above–All these decisions!!!


  1. Vickie says:

    Hi Kara
    I like the idea of 2 to 4 to a package.
    Kody says hi. Here pc is messed up

    1. kmcgheeart says:

      Hi to both of you. Thanks for the input. 😊

  2. Heidi Hjort says:

    Yay! Great collection! That will be so awesome, Kara.

    1. kmcgheeart says:

      I was just looking at your purple still life–love it and yes, I too need to work on greying down (neutralizing) my colors more. Thanks for the reminder–very lovely painting and exercise.

      1. Heidi Hjort says:

        There’s a lot to remember for us artists 🙂

  3. kmcgheeart says:

    And some people think we have an easy job–ha ha!

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