Description Two chickadees perch in a holly tree that has clumps of melting snow in this forest scene. The realistic style retains the look of a watercolor painting while giving the impression of detail. The long composition contrasts one bird against the darker holly leaves and berries and the other against the white snow clump while the background provides a hint of the distant snowy forest in a semi- abstract blue gray watercolor wash.I wanted to give the feel of those days at the end of winter when the sun starts to melt the snow from the forest so the whole composition is set up to seem to flow downwards as the heavy melting snow weighs down the overloaded holly branches.
Sharon Himes, Pocomoke Forest Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement Sharon Himes celebrates nature with watercolor and acrylic paintings of wildflowers and native birds as well as landscapes, seascapes and coastal scenes on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Her work was featured in American Artist magazine and is widely collected in the region. The book, 'Watercolor Artists Flower Handbook' includes the chapter: 'Experiencing nature through sketching' by Sharon Himes showing her unique approach to painting.
Original paintings are available through sharonhimes.com site and various galleries and Sharon's woodlandseasons.com blog has her nature commentary.