What's black white and blue and sounds like a squeaky clothesline?

An oil painting of two bluejays with a sunflower seed on a branch by fine artist Shannon Reynolds
Two Young Blue Jays "How do I open this thing?" oil on panel 8" x 10" ©ShannonReynolds
Though often denigrated by birders for their loud and thuggish ways, I find blue jays to be smart, handsome, and engaging. They are known to imitate the cries of red tailed hawks to scare off other birds, and their natural curiosity and sociability leads them to strike some very entertaining poses.  At this time of year I can hear their distinctive clothesline cries all day, and often spot them, especially the young ones hanging out on the maple tree branches outside my studio windows.

This is one of the paintings I plan to take to the 2016 Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser, created and run by the McMichael Volunteer Committee, in October this year.  I'll be writing more about the show in future posts.

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