Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Three down, two to go.

Bird house number three has been rented to a pair of Carolina Wrens. Only two more structures available. The wren house overlooks the back of the dune, hidden away in a mass of black cherry blossoms. It's a safe spot, out of the eyes of the neighborhood cats and with a mound of softness beneath in case any fledglings tumble out unexpectedly.

The other two houses sit unoccupied for today; one along the ridge of pine trees on the back dune and the other dangles from the soon-to-leaf-out mimosa tree in the front of the house.

In this image I gave my Buddha a complete ear. (Most of you know he's missing part of one.) He spends his days on the back of the couch with his binoculars, spying on the birds. A new company that has licensed my work has made this image available on a variety of products and there's even some merchandise featuring Erb. This new line is available in many of the shops on the Outer Banks and will soon be featured in an online store. Check them out at;

Gotta love Erb's enthusiam.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Landlord Once Again

Once again, I have tenants in two of my five birdhouses and I expect the others will fill up soon. Chickadees have taken up residence in their usual house near the garage. I saw a large twig poking out two days ago and yesterday they managed to get most of it inside. You can see a bit of it if you look closely.

The house by the back door was built for swallows but last year a crested flycatcher (the only flycatcher that nests in cavities) took it over. This year I'm not sure who's in there. Grasses are poking out the bottom of the unit, and I've surprised somebody as I rounded the corner of the house. He/she exited with a flurry of feathers flapping, a dash of brown and but I didn't get a good look to see who it might be. The bird was fast and large. I know it wasn't a swallow. I'll have to make some time to sit quietly nearby and watch to see who goes in and out.

It's comforting to know that even with all the hatred and tragedy in the human world, love is still in the air this spring, for the birds, bees and maybe me.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Black Swan

I have finally had a chance to experiment with the photos and sketches from the waterfowl park I visited a while ago - Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC. I chose one of my favorite birds to work with first, the black swan from Australia. I thought you might enjoy seeing the process that took place as I pulled this painting together.
the beginning sketch
step 1
step 2
step 3

step 4
finished painting Copyright E.M. Corsa 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

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Step outside and see something amazing! Then be grateful.

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

April Showers

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copyright E.M. Corsa 2014
Enough already. I see plenty of flowers everywhere I look so how about a little sunshine too? The sun feeds my soul. I can take the cold; in fact I rather like it, but I need some rays to get me going. So today I'm doing a sun dance!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a joyful, healthy and safe Easter weekend. Enjoy every precious minute of it. I know Buddha, Erb and I will.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Season of Rebirth and Remembrance

One of my favorite things about spring in Massachusetts where I grew up was pussy willows appearing like magic in the woods. I would bring them inside to fill my favorite yellow vase with the tulips on it; smokey-colored felines curled up along burnt umber tinted stalks. I no longer find pussy willows waiting for me on this island and must be content to bring in soon-to-bloom branches from my wild cherry tree. The blossoms are lovely but somehow they don't compare to the magic of the pussy willows.

I have a wonderful sister-in-law and brother still living in Massachusetts that I miss dearly. She knows how much I love pussy willows and today I received a gorgeous wreath that she had made for me to adorn my front door. A little bit of home for my home. I may have lived here for 19 years, but New England will always be my home. Thank you Sharon.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Little Magic

There's just something about a string of fairy lights. I've always loved them so I strung a set around a corner of the studio. I spend the majority of my days, and nights, in this room so why not make it more enchanting; an environment filled with magic and possibilities. A place where my imagination can come to life.

Isn't life a bit better with some magic in it?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

First of the Season

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I saw my first hummingbird of the season this morning, flitting among the purple blossoms on the rosemary bush. His scarlet throat glinted in the morning sunshine as he finished his rounds and continued on to the blooming quince bush. What a great start to the day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Morning Lesson

As I opened the garage door this morning, a flurry of feathers drifted down followed by my resident Merlin who swooped into the garage in a panic. He must have plucked a mourning dove from the pergola and lost it when I opened the door and surprised both of them. While he was in the garage he flew at the window and finally, when he no longer felt threatened, he flew out the door, no doubt searching for another breakfast.

Of course my camera was inside the house, but here's a pic of his wingprints against the window. Falcons are said to be a symbol for patience, and using control in speed and movement. It tells us to recognize opportunities and act on them only when it's the correct moment. So I will be patient yet be prepared to act when new opportunities arise. Good lesson.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gift Received

Remember a few posts back when I made my version of prayer flags? Well the one I made for a special friend arrived in time for his birthday. Since I see a thumbs up, I think he likes it!

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Star is Born

Erb on the left, Kizzy in the middle and Buddha on the right.
My new line of stickers is being well-received, especially the one featuring my little guy, Erb. But as you can see, fame is not affecting this tuxedo cat at all. He remains unfazed as he dozes beneath Dorothy, both fast asleep; one from poppies and the other from a rigorous morning of bird watching.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Little Spring Music

To celebrate such a gorgeous spring day, I once again brought my cupid out from hibernation. He will remain perched under the pergola, ready to serenade evening gatherings and morning coffee breaks until the cold weather returns, many moons from now. The trumpet vines have tiny leaf buds now and soon will encircle the cherub, perhaps providing a nesting site for a pair of wrens.

And speaking of moons, I planted my moonflower seeds today, tucked among my usual red geraniums in a pot by the front door. This will give them a good early start. I even shared some of these precious seeds with my neighbor since he had never heard of them. These seeds are linked to a plant I first purchased about 10 years ago. Each fall, I harvest the seeds, tuck them away in the studio and plant them in April. The original plant lives on just as we all do through our children, our work and our good deeds.

Hope you celebrated the day too.