Category Archives: Batik

Open Studios Napa Valley 2017

Important dates: September 16-17, 22-23

Open Studios is only 6 weeks away!

This year I am exhibiting at venue #33 with Kathy Tranmer. We are trying a new location more central to downtown Napa. Our exhibits are located in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. The parking is located on 5th street just as it meets up with Randolph St.

You can find more information and directions to all the artist venues at the Open Studios website, here. I'm also responsible for editing the website information, so let me know if there are any errors or anything is unclear.

My husband and I are currently sailing in Desolation Sound, British Columbia.
See you in September!

White-Breasted Nuthatch

nuthatch batik

White-breasted Nuthatch, watercolor batik

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The largest nuthatch, so named for the habit of jamming an acorn into a tree and then whacking it with its bill to “hatch” out the nut.  A frequent visitor to my feeder.  I enjoy the soft peep or yink call in the oak trees above my head that signals to me they are nearby foraging for food.  A visitor to my art display pointed out this is one of the few birds that will go down a tree head first.

Grosbeak for Open Studios

Watercolor, art, bird, grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Only 12 days to Open Studios Napa Valley
One image I’ll be sharing there is the Black-headed Grosbeak. As we lived in a trailer for 7 years while building our home, I became more and more interested in the birds visiting my feeder out the back window. I joined our local Audubon chapter and went on some excellent birding walks. This brightly colored grosbeak is exciting to see in the Napa Valley foothills. They only visit my feeders occasionally.