I've really been enjoying painting the birds of Alberta lately...it all began with my husband's lifelong fascination which led to bird related birthday gifts for him last year. I picked up a bird book, a bird bath, and a beautiful hand embroidered bird created by a Calgary artist. When I was invited to take part in this year's Square Foot Show titled 'Painting the West' (February 9-11) I was unsure of what I'd paint to represent the west. On walks with my daughters over Christmas, I was excited to see all the birds along the creek near our home so I thought I'd continue my exploration of the bird paintings that I began last year. I'll begin sharing them soon!