Our Grouchy Grouse

I live in a national forest, down a lane that winds up to my house. And over the past few months, as my roommates and I drive home, we have seen a large winged grouse come flying at our car, attacking the rear windshield or bumper. This grouse has become quite tame, and feeds on bits of seed that fall from the feeders; we’ve even named him “Louie.”  So, I had to paint him, and below is the result.

"Ruffed Grouse" is one of the Birds of Michigan series of original oil paintings by Yeshua's Child Art

“Ruffed Grouse”, oil, 11 X 14, (c) 2015, part of the Birds of Michigan series

This is a bit brighter and more abstract than some of my bird paintings, because I fell in love with the bright colors in his feathers, and wanted to contrast this with the white snow and dark branches he likes to hide in.  Louie is certainly beautiful, and is fun to watch when he (she?) comes to eat with the other birds.

Maybe this spring, there will be babies, too!