Monday, August 31, 2015

After another length of days without a working computer, I am finally back in business. This coming Wednesday is the big event at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. I am so excited about revisiting this unique park and having my work on display for two months.

Here's another one of the portraits I'll be showing.

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2015

I've also been getting a lot of work done without being distracted by the computer. These are a few of the bracelets from my current collection.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Autumn has its foot in the front door, edging summer out the back filling me with anticipation. Yellowed leaves from the trumpet vine float to the deck with the slightest breath of a breeze. The few remaining blossoms draw several hummingbirds each day, hoping for that last sip of nectar. Fuchsia-colored berries cover the American Beauty Berry bushes and I fall asleep to the sound of the mimosa tree rattling its seed pods like a bag of bones.

I wake up with excitement now knowing that soon my winter birds will be coming in and boisterous clouds will fill the sky just waiting to have their portraits painted.

Next week I'll shop for new bird feeders to replace the ones the raccoons destroyed in the spring. And soon the cool nights will lure me outside to star gaze. Happy almost fall!

Silently, one by one
in the infinite meadows of the heavens,
blossomed the lovely stars, 
the forget-me-nots of the angels.

                            - Longfellow

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More Than Just a Pretty Color

This is the time of year our island hosts the most interesting skies. I am not usually drawn to painting sunsets. I love watching them but the clouds themselves are rarely interesting enough to prompt me to get out the easel and paints. Usually sunsets are all about the colors.

But last night, the early evening brought swirling pinks and mauves and taupes to decorate the sky in the northwest. I don't usually have the opportunity to focus on this direction until the seasons shift since most of our weather comes in from the southwest during the warmer months, bringing thunderheads and buttermilk skies.

So here's my offering from last night, just a hint of what's to come at the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn.

August 25, 2015    7:30 pm    North West

Monday, August 24, 2015

First Blush

A friend brought me two of these luscious, art deco style brooches last week. The color is incredible and they're on the smaller side, quite delicate. I added more vintage elements including a dove locket with a copy of my dove image inside. I call it, "Blush."


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flocking Together

I am so pleased to have been invited to join a group of very talented artists for a show at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, one of my favorite places on earth. I'll be showing ten paintings, three of which are "portraits." This brazen boy, a Brown Thrasher, makes his home at The Crooked Little House.

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back in Business

Well, there is something to be said for not having a computer for a week. I got an incredible amount of work done. I had no idea how much I relied on the darn thing. I am glad to have it back but why is it that when you get it back, it always works differently and you have to figure things out again?

Anyways, here's one of my newest paintings.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


This brooch was inspired by a favorite line of Longfellow's. He wrote, "Music is the language spoken by angels."  When I came across this gorgeous vintage pin, I had to adapt it and title it, "Spoken by Angels."

Monday, August 10, 2015

Here a chick, there a chick

I suddenly have lots of chickadees at The Crooked Little House. I can sense Autumn's approach; the light is changing, leaves are yellowing, the air smells differently, and perhaps the chickadees are arriving sooner. I know they are here in the summer but I rarely see them. But once fall sets in, they are bouncing all over the pergola.

So here's a little miniature I finished last night based on a few sketches and pics of a very tame chick. It measures 2 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches, set into a vintage frame.  Inquiries:

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Sunday, August 9, 2015


Here's my newest additions to my Between Heaven and Earth line of adornments.

I Spy


Friday, August 7, 2015

The Goddess

John Riddick is one of my blessings. He is a young artist I met a couple of years ago right before he relocated to Charleston, SC.  I saw a piece of his work at a show where he took the Excellence award and I was hooked. Some of you may recall a piece of art John had given me a year or so ago - a large heart with a spider and a bird inside. It hangs in a prominent spot in my living room.

Well, my blessing showed up for a visit yesterday bringing me another gift - the Goddess. She now adorns the wall of my dining room. I am amazed at the emotion and love that John puts into his work as well as his technical ability.

And of course, this Goddess could definitely reside, Between Heaven and Earth. Thank you John.

The Goddess by John Riddick  2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ready for Take Off

I have two big exhibits coming up. The first one will launch next week at the Wildlife Refuge Center on Roanoke Island. I have produced 22 paintings for this show over the last year and am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my impressions of our skies and birds. I have labelled all the paintings with titles related to bird divination and auguary.

This Yellow Rump or "Butterbutt" warbler tells us not to be afraid to voice our opinion; try new things, express ourselves even if you don't feel confident and never mind what anyone thinks.

If any of you are on the island next week, the opening reception will be on Friday evening beginning at 5 pm. Come by and say hello.

"Express Yourself"
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Late Season "Baby"

I watched and listened to this young mockingbird call for mom for at least 7 or 8 minutes. Finally she showed up, spent a brief few seconds with him then flew off. Looking puzzled, he got the idea and flew off after her. Of course he will end up in a painting.

Copyright E.M. Corsa  2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015


I so love watching my catbird perched in the cherry tree. He's quite tame actually, following me around the yard when I'm gardening, meowing at me when I'm near his favorite tree. Hmmmmmmm, maybe not as tame as I thought; just worried I'll steal his berries!

Copyright E.M. Corsa 2015