Working in my garden, I saw a robin making multiple visits to the climbing hydrangea. She didn't seem very happy that I was nearby, and was vigorously scolding me. Then I saw why. Hidden, far up at the top of the vine, was her beautiful little nest. Inside, I saw what she had been protecting - several blue eggs.
Thus began the idea for a series of small paintings based on my favorite books from childhood. The verse surrounding the watercolor is from the children's book, The Secret Garden, by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Seemed a fitting verse, considering the prize she was protecting on this summer day. "The robin flew from the spray of ivy to the top of the wall and opened its beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off!" She is definitely proud of her little clutch and rightly so. What a pretty little painting to hang near a child's bookcase to bring the classic children's story to life. A perfect accompaniment to a gift of the book itself!
A Nest In The Hydrangea
4 x 9 inches
watercolor and ink
This ink and watercolor is done on Sennelier Cotton Watercolor Paper - on a 140# block. So, it is stretched and ready to be matted/framed. Finished size is 4 x 9 inches.