Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grey Jay

Grey Jay
I finished painting Grey Jay in December 2016. He joins Steller's jay & Blue jay,
 in my bird cabinet.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Painting Grey Jay

Grey Jay
Canada's National bird......getting ready to paint grey jay.
I have completed a Steller's jay and Blue jay.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bottega Christmas show 2016

Just a reminder, that the Bottega Christmas show is on November 26th and 27.
 From 11am to 5pm each day . I am in the main hall and I have been working
hard to bring lots of new items to this year's show.

 The show was a big success , I sold three Santas and two Hummingbirds,
and many art cards........Thankyou to all who stopped to view my art.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting
Just completed this Bunting for Christmas show.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dark-eyed Junco

Very shy birds, but you have a bird feeder
they will visit often.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Family photo.

Just completed 5 chickadee's for Christmas.
Hand made gifts are the best present.  I will
have these birds on display at the
Bottega Christmas show.November 26th, 27th.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Evening & Black-headed Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Monday, October 24, 2016

Please join me at this year's  2016 Bottega Christmas Market.
Dates: November 26th and 27th. See attached poster for details, including times and location. I will be located in the main hall.
Looking forward to greeting you with my most recent art. This includes bird carvings in wood and soapstone, and a selection of paintings.  

Friday, August 26, 2016

On display at Lee Valley tool store

Lee Valley in Kelowna B.C. is displaying 6 sculptures.They have asked
me to teach some basic carving workshops in winter 2017. Very kind
of them to give me this opportunity.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

From unpainted to painted to natural' look,

' SOLD '

Unpainted California Quail was purchased, but customer wanted it painted.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bird made from Soap Stone.

Carving Soapstone is fun and easy.
The material is soft; once you 
achieve your shape, start sanding with
different papers. Finish with polyurethane.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Repair of California Quail

Broken top knot of Quail.

New top knot .
This Quail looks much happier with his top knot restored.

Repairing a broken bird.

Feet and corner broken off of tail.

I carved a larger block of wood.

New wood glued into place.

Repair is painted and is good as new.

Ready for happy owner to pick up.
Gold finches have a new lease of life and proud owner is very pleased.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Saw-whet Owl
Just finished painting two of these Saw-whet owls, and working on a Screech owl.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Saw-wet and Screech owl's to be painted.

Screech , Saw-wet owls
 Ready for paint.
Screech owl

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bottega Christmas Show 2015

Happy to be a participant in the Bottega Christmas Show 2015.........I will be showing many birds, most are smaller in size. Large number of Chickadees and other birds for that perfect Christmas present. Nature is the ultimate gift.

Happy to say the show was a huge success. I sold one Chickadee and many inquiries about other birds I have done.  I showed some of my watercolour paintings and had a very positive response. I also sold many art cards on the weekend.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Snow-covered base.

New Chickadee's November 2015

This Chickadee is ' SOLD'.

All birds have a different base.
Black-capped Chickadees

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

American Kestrel

This bird is not for sale.
I would carve one as a 'commission'.  More than 80 hours of work to complete.
The painting took 30 hours of work. It sits on soapstone base. E-mail me if interested in
this sculpture.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lake Country ART WALK 2015

I am proud to be a six-time participant in this art show.
Many people look forward to seeing the birds that
I create for the show. This year's birds: Kestrel,
Chickadee, Flicker, California Quail and many
The show is on September 12th and 13, from
10am to 5pm both days. My booth will be in the
school foyer, just as you enter the school. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Birds

You can see these birds
at Art Walk on September 12th and 13th .
Violet green Swallow
Steller's Jay
House Sparrow 'SOLD'
Art Walk 2015
This Quail has all of its feathers burnt. The next step is the painting.
Many people liked the feather definition and its natural contrast.
It is possible to purchase this bird in the unfinished state.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Getting noticed.

Being noticed!
I was interviewed and the show was broadcasted on  Shaw television in January 2015. I have been the subject of a article in the Okanagan Review magazine. I have shown my bird carvings in Lake country Art Walk........6 times in the past seven years. My birds have been purchased and are 
now in homes across Canada. I will showcase my work at Bottega Christmas Market  again this year. I was in their 2014 show as well. I was invited to speak at the Kiwanis Club about bird carving and my watercolour paintings. I was invited to speak to the Newcomers Group twice. I really appreciate the support from everyone. A new store to Kelowna is Lee Valley tools and they are displaying my sculptures since August 2016 and have asked me to teach basic carving workshops starting in January 2017.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Red-shafted Flickers

Red-shafted Flicker

Red-shafted Flicker
Both flickers were just completed in 2015. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

California Quail for 2014

Friday, February 6, 2015

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Christmas Show at Bottega

This Christmas show will be on Saturday,
November 28 and Sunday 29.
I will have many birds for sale. These birds make
for exceptional gifts or great home decor touches.

Hours for both days have been changed to 11 am - 5 pm.

Christmas Show at Bottega 2014 and 2015

Happy to be a participant at the Bottega Christmas Show.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I was asked to do a demo carving using a gourd as material; using burning tools this bird is the result.
I cut off a section of the bottom to allow the Gourd to sit properly. I then
made the tail piece and wings from the removed bottom. I used a
burning pen to give feather impressions. There is a slot in the body
and the tail is inserted at that point. The wings are glued on with
clear glue. A fun project and easy material to work with.

New 2014

 California Quail-2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Birds: Need A New Home: Watercolour Paintings

Birds Need A New Home: 
                     WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGSt

You can find more of my art work at www.jameshooey-watercolour

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Older works of Art.

Osprey 'SOLD' 2009

Blue Jay

Friday, April 4, 2014

House wrens

House wrens are 'SOLD'
The house wrens FLEW to Ontario as a wedding gift.

Monday, February 17, 2014

California Quail SOLD

California Quail are 'Sold'
This pair of Quail is
'Sold' February 15, 2014

Monday, October 7, 2013

California Quail - Two sets of Male & Female

The Male & Female Quail
on a Cottonwood base is 'Sold'.
February 15 2014

Monday, September 9, 2013

James Hooey - Bird Carving - Kelowna - British Columbia -Canada