The barn swallows seem to be creating a third clutch of babies in the same nest this year. The nest is in the eaves of the building where I work, and I've become addicted to watching them. It's spurred me to paint more birds. Or maybe its just because I'm getting older. I also saw a cardinal and its mate on my back yard fence the other day. Yes, cardinals do live in Texas! The male always gets the gorgeous red plumage, of course. The poor female, who does all the work, is so plain in comparison. So unfair. Anyway, for this painting I used Grumbacher Geranium and Graham Cadmium Red. On the beak and feet, I needed a softer red, so I used Winsor & Newton Brown Madder.