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Thursday, June 3, 2010

House Finch, not Purple Finch?

Well I was kind of confused, thinking that a house finch and a purple finch were the same bird, but I found out different. This is a house finch. I wanted to draw a purple finch because it's the state bird of New Hampshire, so I better find some more reference. They are very similar, and neither are really purple, more a a raspberry red. Why? I have no idea, but I will try to find out! Maybe the person who named the purple finch was color blind!!! I have more to do to darken him up and finish the branch and I think I may add a bit of a background to bring out his color.


Bénédicte said...

I like this little guy. Looking at your drawings make me look closer at the birds in my garden.

raena said...

It's beautiful. And I would never have known it wasn't a purple finch, except that if it didn't have purple, I would have wondered why. The good thing though, is that you hadn't labeled it yet!!

Revelle said...

Neither of them are purple, that's the thing that screwed me up! They are both a raspberry red. Only the purple finch has more raspberry all over. I may still do one of those!

David R. Vallejo said...

What a coincidence. I just taught an art class last week and we drew what I called a red headed finch. I am a little confused about what the birds actually are but they are really very pretty. There are a bunch of them in my backyard.


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