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Northern Flicker and Lilacs

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.  

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Sourdough Sweet Rolls

I made sweet rolls with the sourdough starter I have going.  They turned out great except that the brown sugar didn't caramelize.  It stayed course and if anything, got more crunchy.  Not sure why.  But anyway, they were still delicious.   I also painted the cut peonies you may have seen my previous post.  I love these peonies because of the tinge of pink on the white petals.  SO pretty.  Also, it's hard to capture the fuscia pinks in oil paint.  They have a transparent quality that glows and is really hard.  I worked with effort to get that punch of color without overpowering the whole painting.

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