I have had fun making portraits of the animals that visit my backyard bird feeder. From inspiration photos I have taken with my camera, I draw and paint my interpretations using an art app on my iPad. My images are then printed onto whole cloth, ready to be machine and hand stitched, to be made into wall art. I am thrilled with the often daily visits that California Quail make to my yard from nearby hillsides where they live. I hide inside my house with only a crack opened in sliding glass door for my camera as they are so very skittish. With the smallest sound or movement they scamper and fly away.
Using an image I painted on my iPad that I used for my donation to the SAQA Santa Fe Conference Auction, I created a larger version I call Backyard Quail 2. It has a different color palette and drawing style than the one above. I heavily machine and hand quilted the piece.