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Michigan Bird Series: Female Cardinal

Last spring my roomate took a picture of a female cardinal in the snow (yes, there was snow until April here; I thought I had moved to the land where winter never ends by the end of my first Michigan winter!)

As I mentioned before, I love cardinals, so I decided to paint here. I brightened the colors quite a bit from the original, changing the background, etc.  The most fun was playing with painting the snow on the branches, and getting the feather details and lighting right.

Here she is:

cardinal in the Michigan snow
Cardinal in the Snow, oil 14 X 18 on wrapped canvas

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