Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring has arrived!

One of the first signs of spring has arrived at The Crooked Little House, in droves! The Cedar Waxwings are here. Can anyone tell me why none of them have the red "wax" on the wings?
a small portion of the flock

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Art Extravaganza

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014
I am so eager for spring this year after a long, cold winter. And one of the first signs of the season is the Annual Art Extravaganza put on by the Currituck County Arts Council. The show will take place on Saturday, March 8th, from 10am till 3pm at the Currituck High School in Barco, NC.

I can't say enough about the people who put this show together and the quality of the art that's exhibited. It is one of the highlights of my year for sure. I have a lot of new originals I've completed for this show. So if you're in the area, please stop by and say hello. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Small Life Not Forgotten

Spring is coming in on the softness of feathers.

 Each morning around this time of year, I keep an eye out for the Cedar Waxwings. They appear like magic with the shift in light each spring, usually in late March, perching in the mimosa tree and eating berries from the nearby bushes. The flock always has between 25 and 30 of them that stay for only a few days then move on. It's a brief pleasure that I look forward to after a long winter like this one.

This year, I think they are making an early appearance. Though not in my neighborhood as yet, my friend who lives on a nearby island, had one fly into her window and sadly it died. She was kind enough to bring it by my house so I could honor its life by drawing the sienna and lemon yellow beauty. These were quick sketches since Buddha and Erb caught sight of what I was doing and wouldn't leave me or the poor bird alone, uttering throaty noises only a cat can make. I've placed it in the freezer and plan to try again during kitty naptime.

Thank you Kay for thinking of me.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A New Friend

For those of you that have been reading this blog for some time, you'll recall how devastated I was when my old friend Silver died. Well, a few days ago we had another bit of snow, and in the morning I saw fresh opossum tracks on the deck under the pergola. It would appear I now have another opossum coming to call each evening. It will take a while to become friends I'm sure, but I'm quite excited since I really love these guys. Their hisses and growls are almost always all "bark and no bite". Here's a pic of a painting I had done of Silver as he was warming himself in the March sunshine a couple of years back.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love is in the Air

my valentines
Love and sunshine finally are floating through the cold winter air currents. I don't care if people think it's a made up holiday or not; I'll take any reason to show love and kindness. Spread the love today, not just to your spouse, but everyone you come in contact with, including the four, six, eight and legless you happen to encounter. I did this little painting from the previous post of my lovey dovey sketch.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lovey Dovey

This is the week for love; not just young love or married love, but love and passion for what we do, for our friends and for our fellow creatures that share our homes and wilderness. Over the last few days, these Mourning Doves have been meeting under the pergola to snuggle and nestle together. I managed to get a quick sketch done before they saw they were not alone.

preening for his love
I have a great love for my children of course but also for a couple of generous souls in my life - my brother and sister-in-law. Though we don't live near each other, we talk all the time, sometimes for hours. Lately I've been yearning for a new camera, one that would let me get closer to the wildlife I love so much. But it being winter when every penny must be counted for, I cannot justify spending any extra money.

A couple of days ago, a package arrived in the post for me from these two people. It was a camera I had only dreamed of. Here's my first pic with it. Excuse the blur; I need to learn to hold it steadier. It is of course of a Mourning Dove, asleep in a quiet rain, high in the cherry tree. So when I finish making my valentines, one will certainly be sent off to Massachusetts.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Animals in Art

Had a fabulous time with a lot of other artists last night at the Animals in Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery. One of the highlights of the evening for me was meeting a young couple from Pittsburgh and being able to talk art with an up and coming artist just beginning his career. Here's a pic of me and my friend Kitty, a fabulous botanical illustrator and inspiring friend.

Be sure to stop by the gallery if you're in town and see this wonderful show. And don't forget, you can see the show at:  seasideart.com

Saturday, February 1, 2014


After three days of cabin fever, I am now cured. The snow has melted, making it possible to back down my driveway and rejoin the world. Since I got a lot of painting done over the past few days, I decided to take today off and join my friend Eve for the day, exploring the little village of Edenton, about an hour and a half inland.

Edenton is the land of the tin roofs, something I never saw until I moved to North Carolina. They are everywhere, in all stages of wear. This house is one of my favorites with the umber-colored tin roof and the leftover snow looking like a giant flower petal over the porch. I've often wondered what it must sound like, perched in an attic room listening to a hard rain beat upon the tin.

Eve, an award winning photographer, wanted to get some shots of the big cypress trees, rooted in the winter-cold water, bony knees sticking up all around their base. But the highlight for me was seeing a large flock of wild turkeys, scuttling across the field.

This was one of those spontaneous days full of laughter and beauty and insights. The new season will be upon us very soon, and we won't be able to take a whole day to explore. Eve has a new gallery opening up, and I have new companies to dazzle. But this is what winter is for; keeping our friendships healthy and gathering inspiration to keep us going through the busy summer season.