Bird on Barn Door


Bird on Barn Door, VT

© Durga Yael Bernhard

I painted this quick sketch nineteen months ago while visiting my daughter in central Vermont.  It’s so beautiful there, I felt like I was in paradise (we call it “The Shire”).  Everywhere I looked, I saw images and scenes that begged to be painted, from the sweeping panoramas of the Green Mountains to the close-up charm of historic farms.  So I started about six paintings while I was there – and have managed to finish only two since then, having plunged into multiple publishing projects with deadlines as soon as I got home.

This image shows a two-dimensional carving, painted and faded, that hung on the barn door outside the house where my daughter lived.  This lovely bird was so elegantly sculpted and weathered, and perched so demurely among the summer bee balm – I fell in love with it.

If you’d like a poster or a greeting card of this image, you can order it here.

A good week to all, and for my local friends, cozy wishes through the coming snowstorm!

D Yael Bernhard
Author / Illustrator of
LOVE ISNew! – a unique crossover book for all ages
THE LIFE OF AN OLIVENew!! Explore the life of a 2000-year-old olive tree
JUST LIKE ME, CLIMBING A TREE: Exploring Trees Around the World
NEVER SAY A MEAN WORD AGAIN – A Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review;
winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and National Jewish Book Council Award
THE DREIDEL THAT WOULDN’T SPIN – A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah
WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING – A Children’s Book Council Notable Book
A RIDE ON MOTHER’S BACK – An American Bookseller Assoc. Pick of the List
– and more!
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