Watercolor – 17″ x 23″
Aren’t female cardinals pretty? Their coloring is so much more complicated than that of male cardinals, and I loved this cardinal’s stalwart expression. Our yard is home to a robust cardinal population, and I enjoy feeding and watching them all year. But they are superstars in the winter. How do such delicate creatures survive our state’s extreme weather? Why don’t they migrate along with most of the other birds? I can only conclude that they’re tougher, and that’s how I came up with this painting’s title (it’s also the title of a Bruce Springsteen song). I spent a solid week creating the branches here, saving the bird for last, and painting the bright red eyebrow was so great after dealing with all those grays.