10.000 x 8.000 inches
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Bird Painting - Christmas Cardinals
Painting - Oil
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Cardinals have long been popular birds among bird lovers. Although there are actually several species of cardinal in the Americas, the Northern Red Cardinal, with its stunningly bright red plumage, is most often associated with Christmas. Other species, such as the Desert Cardinal, found in the American Southwest, are less colorful with only red highlights. I'd guess the bright red Northern Cardinal is more associated with Christmas for two reasons. One is probably because the Northern Cardinal, with its solid red plumage, contrasts more nicely with the green of Christmas trees and holly, red and green being colors most often associated with Christmas. The second reason is likely because Red Cardinals venture farther north than other cardinal species, such as the Desert Cardinal, and are, therefore, more likely to be associated with winter and snowy scenes, something we also associate with Christmas. Of course, I'm speaking for people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. Those of you in Australia and Argentina are probably less likely to associate cardinals with Christmas. In any case, they are beautiful birds to observe any time of year, but especially when their stunning colors brighten up the dark gray days of winter! In this scene a pair of male and female cardinals sit on a snowy fence decorated with colorful Christmas lights.
December 25th, 2013
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