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11" x 30" acrylic/gouache on watercolour paper.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch must be one of the extroverts of the bird world. These joyful little birds are here all year round and their almost ceaseless chatter continually brings a smile to my face. At times I have observed only one nuthatch in a tree, seemingly talking to itself as it busily hunts for food.

The winter season where we live in the Rocky Mountains can have quite variable weather, ranging from – 30 C to just above freezing. On those days when the temperature is on the mild side and the sun is shining brightly, icicles start forming. This painting is a celebration of the winter season with all its challenges and beauty.

“Winter” is the fourth in a series of four paintings celebrating the seasons.