I’ve been working on a few folk art Cardinals over the last month, both male and female. In 1933, the Indiana General Assembly chose the Cardinal to be the state bird of Indiana. Also known as the Redbird, the cardinal is the state bird of seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The bright red males are easily spotted, especially in the winter. Female cardinals are grayish-green with a dusty red crest. Cardinals build nest in bushes and brushy areas and are frequent visitors to bird feeders.
This folk art bird carving of a Cardinal is carved from Basswood. I used milk paints, various stains, and techniques to age the carving.