One of my favorite birds and common here in Northern Illinois, the northern flicker. A woodpecker that loves wooded areas. I recently made a commissioned flicker which inspired me to paint this one also. The lilacs have already come and gone. But I still have a few photos of them on my phone. I used this one as inspiration for the painting of the flicker.
I did a presentation for the Elmhurst Artist Guild and it went very well! I really enjoyed seeing everyone and talking "shop". This photo was of my painting demo. I painted a little chickadee. We also talked about how I got started, my art profession, and my future plans. A lot of people mentioned my loose technique and had many questions both about my painting style and techniques as well as my business and career as an artist. Thanks to Sarah Johnson and Bala for filming the presentation. It was available on Instagram live but is not longer available. The painting of a chickadee is available in my shop here: