Irascible Grackle

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The grackles are back in impressive numbers.  I’m constantly mesmerized by their iridescence and shrewd behavior.  One particular grackle inspired this watercolor. He puffed up in the cool breezes, holding firm his territory and warning his rivals to stay clear.


Published by elenacaravela

My world is a wonder of visual candy and foreboding shadow shapes vying every waking moment for my full attention.

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  1. I could not possibly add any more to the lovely comments that you have already received, except to say that each one echoed my heart and mind.

  2. I can’t put into words how much I love this guy! What a great piece, and the perfect portrait of a grackle in both visual representation and evocation of personality. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. 😀

  3. Puffed up and full of himself or no …
    Very delightful you’ve made him sporting his feathered coat with such light catching colours 🙂
    Lovely Elena .

  4. Such a strong personality here:)looks very self confident ,intimidating and adorable at the same time…all together in a very delicate balance.Excellent work as always:)

  5. Gosh, that’s stunning, Elena. I like how this grackle is all puffed up and the colours are wondrous, like rich feather jewels. I am often in awe of their shimery colors too.
    I think that grackle would love his poitrait!

  6. Very nice you worked, dear Elena. I like it very much, both color and how you created the portrait bird.
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Elena! Big Hugs, Ştefania! 🙂

      1. Thanks, size of the work puts it into a clear perspective for me. I am doing smaller works now they use less paint and take less time…usually. When I say smaller I mean half to quarter sheets for watercolor or 18×24 or smaller for oils. It is impossible to estimate size on our blog art.

  7. I love the depth of the colour in his plumage. This so reminds me of the illustrations that sent me spinning off into another world as a small boy. Beautiful.

  8. It would be extremely difficult to capture and so beautifully express this degree of ‘character’ in a photograph.

  9. I love it, lots of attitude, beautiful colour. We don’t have grackles either, but our ravens and crows act just like this.

  10. I’ve never seen this bird where I live. Beautiful colors. Thank you. I l love to watch all kinds of birds…my feathered friends. 🙂

  11. Wao ! Impressive work.
    Now your birds photography is having fruits on the drawing.
    Puffed-up feathers and its color were so well captured.

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