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Staying Warm
Tree Swallows staying warm.

Most everyone will remember the above photo from this springs (Tree Swallow Acting Cute) post that I did. Sherri from London Ontario also saw this post and contacted me about using the picture for a painting she was creating. I was so honored that I inspired someone . . . . I said “YES YES YES, PLEASE!!” A few weeks later I received an email with a photo stating that she had finished the painting. I was soo happy that I told her whenever she had a webpage developed . . . . to PLEASE let me know so that I could help her promote it! This weekend she surprised me with a huge package from Canada that had a beautiful print of that Tree Swallow Painting!

Dorky picture of me holding the beautiful Tree Swallow painting

I found a wonderful letter in the package from Sherri which also included a GORGEOUS original pencil sketch of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. This hummingbird sketch was another inspired photo of mine (see below)! I showed my mother and she really loved both pieces of work (I think she was hinting around that this swallow painting would make a wonderful Christmas gift for her!! Hmmm)!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Picture and Pencil Sketch By Sherri

Please visit Sherri’s new webpage at to see these and many other beautiful paintings that she has done. Sherri, thanks again for your wonderful gifts and I am so thankful we have crossed paths! All of my blogging friends are soo kind to me! I love you all!

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31 responses

  1. Wow! Those are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see where you’ll end up hanging these!! 😀 And you are not dorky.

    25 November 2007 at 7:33 pm

  2. You inspire many people, including me.
    Sherri’s work is gorgeous. She is very talented.
    You look great! Love the pines too.

    25 November 2007 at 7:44 pm

  3. You are not dorky, Tom, but I giggled out loud at the photo – really, not at the photo, it was because of your comment!

    I’d feel so honored if someone painted one of my photos. I remember Toni painting your barn swallows. See? You do inspire so many people.

    Sherri did a marvelous job! Now I’m off to check out her work!

    25 November 2007 at 8:14 pm

  4. Holy Cow! That is fantastic. And you are not dorky…

    25 November 2007 at 8:50 pm

  5. Your photographs bring so much pleasure. BTW, I have tagged you so expect some new visitors. Its about Seven Weird or Random facts about YOU. And you can read about it on my weblog The Seeded Earth. Have a great day.

    25 November 2007 at 8:56 pm

  6. @ Pam – I need to get them framed first! I will take down some of the others ones that I have! Thanks
    @ Sherry – aww, thaks! She does wonderful work along with many other blogger friends that I have! Thanks!
    @ Mary – Crooked smile, glasses crooked, hat sideways! It isn’t easy photographing yourself and on top of this it was hard to take a picture of something white with a dark background! I loved Toni’s painting and still have yet to frame that one also!! Glad you are checking out her work!
    @ Trixie – thanks and we call can be sometimes! But how couldn’t I be when you have something stunning like that next to me?? Trix, working on that phishing post for you!
    @ Barb – thanks and will check out!

    25 November 2007 at 9:34 pm

  7. Neat! Neat!

    Think about it this way. You can give the painting to your mom and you can always go visit it :0)

    25 November 2007 at 9:35 pm

  8. Thanks for the promo Tom! Your stories and your photographs are wonderfully inspiring so I’m thrilled you like paintings… and I agree with everyone else… you do not look dorky!

    25 November 2007 at 10:00 pm

  9. Whoa.

    I always loved that picture you took…and now it is immortalized in paint!
    And you don’t look dorky. You are just stunned by the fine art you are holding.

    25 November 2007 at 10:41 pm

  10. Very nice–both the photos & the artwork. Thanks for sharing the URL!

    25 November 2007 at 10:52 pm

  11. Those are awesome pieces of artwork! Nice job to Sherri… and Tom, you’re not dorky!

    25 November 2007 at 11:16 pm

  12. @ Cathy – I will just have to get a print for her! LOL!
    @ Sherri – thanks for your kind words and thanks again! 🙂
    @ Susan – Thanks and I liked that one but I also love the one with the swallow looking out of the hole ! I think that one’s my fave! Dork I am! I am more than willing to admit to it!
    @ Lana – thanks and hope you get a chance to visit her site!
    @ Chicago – thanks and didn’t she do good? Thanks

    25 November 2007 at 11:20 pm

  13. What a wonderful picture of you! I loved her painting and drawing. I envy her wonderful talent. She has so much skill in capturing the essence of these birds. You are a wonderful person who gives of yourself to others and i am happy you received something so beautiful. ~nita~

    25 November 2007 at 11:56 pm

  14. Wow! Those are amazing — how awesome to have your photographs inspire such art. Very, very cool!

    26 November 2007 at 12:03 am

  15. What a glorious tribute to your excellent photography Tom! The print is just beautiful.

    26 November 2007 at 6:57 am

  16. Beautiful work! And you are not dorky.
    I for one thank you for letting us use your photos for reference.
    Thanks for the opportunities.

    26 November 2007 at 8:29 am

  17. That there is some great artwork and a talented artist.

    26 November 2007 at 8:50 am

  18. Next Sherri should do a painting of you holding her painting…

    Wonderful photo and painting!!

    26 November 2007 at 9:45 am

  19. Hey Mon@rch, that’s pretty neat! Isn’t it nice to know that your photos have inspired such a wonderful artist?
    Thanks for the link.

    26 November 2007 at 10:05 am

  20. Marg

    How wonderful-Sherri is a talent for sure!

    26 November 2007 at 10:16 am

  21. You’re not dorky! That is a great picture. What a beautiful print. You do inspire so many. You bring out the nature-loving in all of us!

    26 November 2007 at 10:35 am

  22. Lisa at Greenbow

    What a beautiful print and sketch. I also paint from photos but I don’t sell them. I am a novice watercolorist.

    26 November 2007 at 1:52 pm

  23. That is beautiful! Great sketch and amazing photo!

    26 November 2007 at 3:21 pm

  24. @ – nita – thanks and she does have wonderful talent. that’s what blogs are about is sharing with other!
    @ – liz – aren’t they! I am still in aww with these and with Toni’s swallows!
    @ – jayne – thanks and it is for sure!
    @ – toni – when you guys do what you do with these pictures, how couldn’t I fall in love with them!
    @ – nick – didn’t she do great!!
    @ – Birdfreak – naa, that would be a waste of paint and time! I think she should continue doing what she’s already doing! Did you check out her other things?
    @ – Ruthie – that is amazing for sure!! Thanks for visiting her!
    @ – Marg – She sure does! thanks
    @ Erie – “ I sure am!! I am proud to be dorky!” ok, that was really dorky if you heard me say that in my superhero voice! thanks and that’s exactly what I want to do! Nature for everyone all the time!
    @ Lisa – she sure did do an amazing job! I have dickered a little! Maybe one day I will post something that I have done??
    @ Young Naturalist J – didn’t she do great! Now, where do I put it?? Hmm, frame first!

    26 November 2007 at 3:48 pm

  25. OMG, Sherri is such a wonderful artist. What awesome gifts these paintings are, Tom! I like that picture of you, by the way. 🙂

    26 November 2007 at 4:06 pm

  26. What a shot Tom, very nice work 🙂

    26 November 2007 at 9:58 pm

  27. Tom, What a wonderful honor to have artists wanting to paint or draw from your photographs! You should be very proud. You always have great images on your site so I’m not surprised.
    Keep up the good work.

    26 November 2007 at 10:24 pm

  28. Kaz

    How wonderful… it IS a beautiful image, both from the camera and the artistic print!
    You inspire people in ways you probably would never have guessed!

    27 November 2007 at 3:25 pm

  29. Awe! What a great story. You do such beautiful work and now some has interpreted that even beauty even further. Isn’t that what Christmas is about?

    This warms my heart on a very cold day!

    27 November 2007 at 10:05 pm

  30. That’s quite an honor Tom. I’m happy that others recognize your talent. You deserve to be recognized.

    28 November 2007 at 6:01 pm

  31. Michael Head

    Not TOOOOO geeky Tom! Those paintings really did turn out wonderful.

    3 December 2007 at 2:19 pm

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