Brrr, today was cold and grey and wet. I still managed to go for 2 walks,
and spent a couple of happy hours with a friend eating delicious waffles that she made, together with my special jam and lots of coffee - Okay, I will hold a fast day tomorrow! But it was fun!
When I came home I heard the birds outside making a lot of noise. I looked out, and there was a woodpecker clutching onto one of the fat balls, and trying to get some nibbles with his long beak, and the little tits had all got their knickers in a twist and were fussing and hopping around - too funny! The woodpecker had great problems to get at the food, because he was just too big to maneuver himself there. He flew off into the tree, and the littl'uns came back for 'their' food.
For Art Journal Journey, 'Inspired by the Masters' I made a mixed media piece about Leonardo and Michelangelo, who were big rivals in their day, both wanting to get lucrative contracts, and be the 'best' one.
I first gave the background some colour with oil pastel.Then I used paper napkins and printed tissue, and gave then a coat of diluted gesso when the mod podge was dry. I added Mona, made with my stencil, and an image of Leonardo. The text was computer generated, and distressed with vintage photo DI.
I managed to get a shot of the woodpecker, taken through the glass and insect netting. I didn't dare to open the door or he would have taken flight! The birds are also rivals when it comes to food!
And then he sat in the tree, probably still hungry, poor thing!
This was the welcoming committee when I got up in the morning, all waiting for me to fill their feeder, and all looking down at my balcony....
Have a great day you all, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!