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Visitation-Varied Thrush by Pete Janes

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Daniel Smith watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press.
The Varied Thrush, an uncommon bird east of the Coast Range here in Oregon that visits our back 40 every winter. Birds are not my normal subject, but an odd bit of synchronicity got me drawing and painting this little guy. After the first visit, I went madly scrambling to my tattered field guide to identify the species. A few months later, staying with friends up in Long Beach, Washington I saw another out on their deck, and a month or so later I encountered a stuffed Varied Thrush in a nature exhibit in the Olympic Peninsula. The next day in Port Angeles I stopped in a bookstore and found The Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America which featured a Varied Thrush on the cover. The following winter I was ready to paint when the little guy came back.

Organic produce slinger by day. Automatic Scribbler and Deliberate Renderer by night.

“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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  • melbourneguy75
    melbourneguy75over 5 years ago

    Lovely work :)

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesover 5 years ago

    I appreciate that, David. Birds are still a little new on me and I need the encouragement.

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    A fine painting of this little character.
    Nice shadowing and off-white snow tones.

  • Rodney Campbell
    Rodney Campbellover 5 years ago

    Beautiful color. Wonderful work.

  • sorina
    sorinaover 5 years ago


  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesover 5 years ago

    Thanks y’all! Time for me to paint some more birds!

  • Lynne Kells (earthangel)
    Lynne Kells (e...over 5 years ago

    The snow is great – I imagine very tricky. Lovely bird.

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous bird! Didn’t even know that this species existed! Dee

  • Thanks Dee! Most of the birds here in my corner of the Pacific Northwest are brown, so it was no wonder that this particular visitor caught my eye.

    – Pete Janes

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 5 years ago

    Congratulations – This ART is Featured in the All Oregon USA Group
    Aussiedi Dave & Debbie

  • Woo hoo! Thank you—it’s an honor to represent!

    – Pete Janes

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 5 years ago

    Amazing bird and great capture!

  • Thank you very kindly Barbara!

    – Pete Janes

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