Distinctive Black and White Magpies are frequent visitors to the Truchas hacienda, coming to feast on the peanuts Melissa and Jerry leave out for them. These beautiful birds are very intelligent and unlike most other bird species, males and females look alike. Another interesting fact I found is that a group of Magpies is called a “Parliament”!

To see enlargements of any of these pictures, just click on the image.

If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know I love watching and feeding birds too. So, I just had to add a few Magpies!

The adobe wall is painted with mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow + White.

Next, I work on the pair of Magpies that have landed on the rock pillar by the door. My hand is braced against the Mahl Stick to steady it as I delineate the details of the birds. What is a Mahl Stick? CLICK HERE to find out!

Wispy wisteria drapes down over the door. The dangling blooms are blocked in first with various mixes of Dioxazine Purple + White and Dioxazine Purple + Ultramarine Blue + White. Leaves are painted around the masses of purple, helping to shape the blossoms.

Combinations of Alizarin Crimson + MUD + White and Alizarin Crimson + Cadmium Red Light + MUD + White are used for the red tin roof covering the porch.

The shadowed portion of the unique Southwest designs on the door are painted with Ultramarine Blue + MUD + White. The sunlit parts are Ultramarine Blue + White.

We’re moving right along. Thanks for following our progress today, I hope to see you back at my studio again soon! With Colorful Smiles,


© Senkarik 2023

5 Responses to “Magpies”

  1. Don Dillard Says:

    Like the birds👍👍🙏

  2. Gina Wood Says:

    I love your paintings. They are all filled with happiness and joy.

  3. singlikewildflowers Says:

    Gorgeous birds! And of course, your paintings are always delightful.

  4. Luis J Botello Says:

    Back in the 90s while Barbara and I lived in Amarillo we used to take mini vacations in New Mexico with our motorhome. We parked it in Las Vegas, NM. drove the jeep up the mountain following NM 518 all the way to Taos.
    Watching your painting bring back many memories.

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