Draw a Bird Day!

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Thanks to this post from A-Wing And A-Way, I recently learned that April 8 is Draw a Bird Day. I needed to make a card for my mom’s birthday, and she’d requested a bluebird. So Monday night, while watching a rerun of the O’s Opening Day win (woot!), I got out my Derwent watercolor pencils and went to town.

I had such a good time doing this, and was happy (for the most part) with how it turned out. It also felt good to dash back into realism for a change. Hehe, a little dose of reality never hurt anyone. Right?Β  I miss drawing from nature.Β  Looking forward to maybe having a chance to do some more of that after busy season winds down.

April showers are busy bringing May flowers out my way, and I hope Lady Spring is waving her magic wand where you are, too.

54 thoughts on “Draw a Bird Day!

          1. No one was predicting too much for the O’s but I think they’ll be OK. As to the Mets…as long as no one hits the ball to the infield…(or the other team’s infielders are even worse)…

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            1. I wasn’t looking for much from them either, after losing Cruz, Markakis and that terrific Red Sox reliever we got for the postseason, Miller. But “In Buck We Trust”! I will try and keep up with the Mets this year. I thought they’d have trouble with the Nats; they were looking pretty good last year. I hope they win again today (or tonight?)

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  1. What a nice post!!! And what a pretty little bluebird!!! I also like the blurry green background, itΒ΄s a nice contrast to the bird! Spring is also here in Spain, nature is bursting into life again! ItΒ΄s so wonderful to see!!! πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸπŸŒ·πŸžπŸ€πŸŒΉπŸŒ»

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    1. Thank you!! She is 91 and hates computers lol! But she’s amazed that I can draw or paint anything. My whole family is, because I tried and tried and never could, growing up!! You gonna try another drawing or watercolor?

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      1. Wow – you must be the “baby” of the family! Your mom is close to 20 years older than mine, and I am 6 years older than you. How fortunate that you still have her. I hope she is well. She is going to love the bird.

        I did do another watercolor and have it “holding” as a post for the past few days – and haven’t had the nerve to post. It is a tulip, and at first I thought it was slightly better than #1, but then more people are posting paintings of tulips that are amazing, and my son said he liked, but liked my first one better (though my hubby liked #2 better) – blah blah blah. Anyway – point is – not sure it is something people really want to see….. And don’t want people to feel “obligated” to like LOL! Not sure if I should just keep doing it and not post for a while – still mulling it over. Wow – you really wanted to hear all this nonsense – eh? πŸ™‚

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        1. I want to add too – if I let those feelings stop me, my blog would be private, lol. I think the point here is encouragement and support and FUN, not perfection. I’ve done all of that second-guessing, but part of making something every day is really forcing me to not worry about what anyone thinks and just post it. Your first flower was really good, I thought. You definitely have talent. It just takes lots of practice to be happy with watercolor paintings (in my experience) and I’m still not there yet. I’ve come to the point that it’s about fun. FUN. And Relaxation. And DE-stressing. Forget everything else. If you painted it and you enjoyed it, that’s all that counts. Your followers love you and they want to share in your experiences and experimentation. At least, that’s how I see it. Otherwise, I’d post nothing, ever, lol.

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            1. Well, if it encourages you to spread your wings and really take the restrictions off yourself and just FLY…..on Draw a Bird Day?! What could be better? hehe, but seriously. It’s all about fun. I just want to see you have fun with whatever you do. No one would expect to sit down at the piano and play Beethoven, but people put such high standards on their artwork. (I’m preaching to myself too, believe me.) But for me, this is about growth and happiness and relaxation and healing, more than anything else. So I just can’t take it seriously. I won’t. And I really hope you don’t either. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. I really hope you fly and just set yourself free, Jodi! πŸ™‚

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                1. Of course! I caught it from Lindsay and my artist sister, and we should fling it all around, to the heavens! Wouldn’t it be so freaking cool if everyone picked up a paintbrush or a colored pencil and went crazy? We could unwind this whole world and all the crazy knots! πŸ™€πŸ˜±πŸ™€ Go wild, ‘nista!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jill! I so enjoy them. She will definitely have a Happy Bird Day, as that’s what I’m writing on the card. She doesn’t celebrate birthdays, as she hates getting “old”….so Bird Day it is! πŸ˜€

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              1. Hooray! I’ll do it and suggest it on my blog too! Additionally, I’m going to go ahead and try doing a bird-focused creative exercise every day for the next seven days because I really liked the nothing-but-birds-for-a-while idea, and also because I missed Bird Day this month. Yay birds!

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  2. I wish I had found you sooner. I would have tried! Your Bluebird is wonderful and inspiring. I will sort through my images of birds and try to draw one. If I am somewhat successful I’ll post it. I haven’t tried to draw anything in over 2 yrs.
    This might just be the perfect time…as #1 Grandson who eats up almost all my days is at the age of discovery and is a little sponge. He might have the gift… I don’t, but he might. I’m curious to find out. πŸ™‚

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