Windows and Stripes

First, can you find the missing Toby?  Well, he actually is not missing, but he thinks he is hidden.  LOL!

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The building that I am painting (number three) has many windows and stripes.  That is what I am working on right now.  I think it is coming along, although I do have to remind myself that there is an “ugly stage” for every artwork and to not panic.  I thought I would show you how I do the stripes.  I tape them off, paint two coats, peel the tape, then touch up where the paint went under the tape.  It is not perfect, but much better than freehand.

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Well, that is where I am as of now.

I have set up a photo trap on the back porch, but I have had no takers.  I think it is because it is behind the railing and too close to the house.  I want to trap some birds into having their portraits taken.  LOL!  Any suggestions?

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I have nyjer seeds, sunflower seeds, apples, and leftover beans and rice.  I thought it was a pretty tempting spread, myself.

I also took some pictures of the frost the other morning:

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It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.  This crisp winter air is full of it.

–John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”

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