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Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quail - A Painting a Day

A to Z Challenge

Q was an especially hard letter for me to make a painting. But then I remembered the quail we used to have. I would look out the sliding glass door in the living room and see a mother quail leading about a dozen little spotted babies. That was when our children were small, and I could point the birds out to them. Unfortunately, it's been years since I saw our last quail. They have gone the way of the cute little rabbits that used to gobble up vegetables and flowers. That was before so many deer graced the gardens and began to eat the most treasured plants.

"Quail on the Lookout" - acrylic ©Mary Montague Sikes
I think the many cats that cross through our woods have frightened away the rabbits and the quail. The cats just sit and look at the deer, and the deer don't seem to mind.

Today's painting, "Quail on the Lookout", is 8" x 8" acrylic on stretched canvas.

Thank you, folks, who are visiting from A to Z Challenge, and thanks, friends, who are following the progress of my painting trip through the alphabet.


Sania Heba said...

That is gorgeous. I wish I could paint like that. *sigh*
Thanks for sharing!

Sania at Embracing Dawn

Summer Ross said...

Painting has never been a string suite for me. I'm much better at editing and writing. Thanks for posting.
New follower.
My A-Z

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, he's very colorful!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Sania, thank you for coming by my blog!

Summer, thanks for the follow.

Alex, I wanted the quail to be the mother bird, but then I got carried away by color!

Sarah Chafin said...

How fun! I just discovered your blog. Such a great idea for A-Z. I will be back to see your other pictures. Simply Sarah

Julie Flanders said...

What a pretty little bird. Q is a tough letter, no doubt!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Sarah, thanks for visiting. I'll look forward to you coming back! Thanks for the follow...

Julie, thanks for following my paintings.

Julia Chiang said...

Wow....a painting a day.....what a great idea. I can't paint to save my life, so I've been writing a poem a day for the A to Z challenge. It's been fun ~ meeting a lot of amazing people. Thank you for sharing.

A Dose of Jules

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you for visiting, Julia, and for following my blog!

Rowena said...

Great work Mary, beautifully painted! He looks like he is thinking about something?

Elizabeth said...

It is hard enough thinking of things to write about for A-Z, but you have given yourself the additional challenge of painting as well. I'm impressed!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Rowena, thanks for visiting and commenting!

Elizabeth, you are right. Coming up with animals at the end of the alphabet is especially difficult. Thanks for visiting.