Two Birds, One Story

Can you believe it’s almost July?!  So much going on…and so little time it seems.  I have some catching up to do, and I’m planning to ease into it by enjoying some quiet reading time this coming weekend.

On that note, I just received the new issue of Somerset Studio in the mail.  And there’s an article of mine inside.  It’s a short story about summer salvation and transformation.


Within this article you’ll see two pieces of artwork, both with a birdie.  And both using watercolor.  The first one is of a birdie in a cup.


Here are several close-ups.



Layering colors, textures and shapes in a playful way always perks up my mood…



…and I bet you’re not surprised that I included a feather.  Adding a touch of nature always feels right to me.


This second canvas is smaller, and the birdie is nestled inside a mini printed paper bag.


Glittery thread and yellow string…to me this says sunshine.  And you know how much I love shine.


Not that I have anything against brown bugs…but personally, I prefer the vision of a pink bird.  Something about this vision makes me feel happy and light…like summer.





12 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. deb

    your work is always so lovely … I can recognize that it is yours immediately.
    happy to be sharing the Summer 2014 issue of Sew Somerset with you! loved your “stars of the ocean”
    Happy Summer Becky!

    June 24th, 2014

  2. Jeanette in Illinois

    I adore these pieces!!!! Your work is just delightful – a true feast for the eyes and the textures! The feather is so sweet ;)…
    I’ll be heading out to get my copy of Somerset Studio and relish your feature!
    Sending warm rays of summer sunshine and an abundance of the joys of nature!

    June 24th, 2014

  3. Laura H

    you always bring me peace. Or a piece of sunshine. Either way you brighten my day. thanks and enjoy the sunny days. Hopefully the sun is shining for you.

    June 24th, 2014

  4. Becky, these are beautiful. As always, I am a fan of your work.

    June 25th, 2014

  5. Becky Shander

    And I am a fan of your beautiful energy ladies…thank you!

    June 25th, 2014

  6. Becky, good morning. These are lovely!

    June 25th, 2014

  7. Jani Howe

    Oh, Becky, love those teacup birdies! And the watercolor effect is just perfect! Thank you for bringing me a big smile this morning! It’s a busy day and I needed that smile before I wade in. I will of course run out and get a copy of S.S. when it comes to our stores here. I’ll carry it with me on the plane as we go visit our two daughters on a beautiful lake up in Washington.

    June 25th, 2014

  8. Hi Becky,

    I love your darling little birdies and the colors you have chosen perfectly represent this season of delicate blossoms, butterflies and mild evenings!

    I’m always amazed at the elements that you weave into your work. You’ve had a big impact on how I look at art and the creative process.

    Thank you as always for sharing with us and for all your inspiration,


    June 25th, 2014

  9. Ann Marie

    Oooo, love the coffee cup!! Your watercolors are spot on! Happy weekend!

    June 28th, 2014

  10. Shannon

    I always admire the way you are able to layer different mediums and make them flow in such harmony. Very beautiful.

    July 3rd, 2014

  11. Oh! I´ve just spied parts of my address on one of your circles … what a surprise!

    July 4th, 2014

  12. Becky Shander

    Yes, you’re so right Marion…I hope you don’t mind.

    July 5th, 2014

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