Birds of the Garden-White Breasted Nuthatch

Noisy little birds, they get their name from the way they crack open seeds. They are very entertaining to watch as they scamper up and down trees.

I painted this bird at the request of the WV Botanic Garden, one of the last few I have to do for the children’s program.

The reference photo was taken by Jack Bulmer and can be downloaded from Pixabay.

This little cutie was painted using Paynes Gray, French Ultramarine, Windsor Red, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Lamp Black, and Raw Sienna.

For the final step in the children’s series, my husband will taking digital photographs to be sent along with my pencil sketches to the Botanic Garden. They will use these in their teaching packets for the children coming out this spring.

Oh Spring! It’s just around the corner, right?

Happy Birding,


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  1. Msdedeng – At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.
    Msdedeng says:

    Woah, Helen!

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