The month of August was full of hummingbirds, raccoons, great blue herons and generally, birds! Despite a very hot & humid month, I still managed to get outside with my camera and simply enjoy being outdoors.

On my easel during the month of August…

Great Blue Heron – casein on Fabriano Artistic h/p paper

great blue heron



waterlily, casein on paper, Kelly Leahy Radding

Barred Owl, casein & silverpoint on Fabriano Artistico h/p paper

barred owl, silverpoint


close-up (you can just see the ‘shine’ on the silverpoint)

barred owl, silverpoint

Osprey – casein and watercolor on Fabriano artistico hot press paper
(smoothing out the background with dry brush watercolor)

osprey hunting, background, Kelly Leahy Radding

working on the osprey in casein

Osprey fishing, work-in-progress, Kelly Leahy Radding

Silvestre & Culta ( wild & cultivated)

I have started a new series called ‘silvestre & culta’ which is latin for wild & cultivated. First in the series – Sylvester & Culta – Gooseberry and Black Raspberries
watercolor on calfskin vellum

gooseberry, black raspberries, Kelly Leahy Radding

a sampling of studies and sketches

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Hummingbirds and Raccoons

The month of August gifted me with a family of raccoons taking up residence in a very large oak tree on the edge of my pasture – every few days they would spend the day lounging, playing and just being cute before descending down the tree at dusk to do whatever raccoons do during the night!

The other dominating theme of August is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They were feverishly feeding, fighting, feeding, fighting, you get the picture. By mid-month the adults all seemed to have departed leaving us with a gang of juveniles to do the honors. Take a moment and enjoy the month of August ‘through my lens’.