Hellloooooo and Happy Friday, peeps! And more importantly (what could be more important than Friday?!), it’s Draw a Bird Day, the May rebroadcast version! Are we flying?? Woooooooooot! (Or should I say, Hoooooooooooot? lol)
OK, I’m a bit slaphappy at the moment (apparently), and I would like to share a little singing wren with you today. He (or she, I’ve never been able to tell the difference with wrens, please enlighten me if you know) is singing a happy tune the way wrens do most days. Occasionally, I’d like to put a muzzle on them, but not often (I’m not that cranky. Well, almost, lol). They are joyful and loud singers, and even though I haven’t done this photograph from Kathy at http://www.backyardbirdnerd.com justice with my little colored pencil sketch, I wanted to sing a happy tune this Friday for our second monthly Draw a Bird Day celebration! (You might remember the true-blue, original Draw a Bird Day, which was explained by A-Wing and A-Way here.)
I am soooo looking forward to seeing WordPress FLY today. And more importantly, I’d love to see all of YOU fly. I realize this is no museum piece, here, but I could not draw in September, 2014. I have been diligently practicing, though, and I keep improving every day. I am proof that anyone can draw; it is not some mythical gift. I believed that all my life, because my brother and sister really CAN draw, paint, sculpt, design and build things, including furniture; you name it, they can do it. Like, really well. I never could. I compared myself to my brother (he and I are the youngest two of nine – yes, we were raised Catholic), and I couldn’t do what he could do, so I figured I didn’t have “the gift”. Well, respectfully, that’s horse hockey (thank you, Colonel Potter).
Anyone who wants to draw can draw. I suggest three things:
1. Get hold of the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. It’s a classic drawing text; most any library should have it, or you can buy it here.
2. Draw a lot. Get a little sketchbook and take it with you. Slip it into your purse or leave it in your car and draw anytime you have to wait somewhere or, whenever you get the urge! Before you know it, you will improve.
3. My other suggestion is to watch YouTube videos about whatever medium you prefer. They’re free, they’re abundant, and they help! http://www.arttutor.com and http://www.artistsnetwork.tv are two other options that are about $20/month for all the videos you want from lots of well-known artists, for most any medium. They’re both wonderful and I can highly recommend them both.
I’m sure others would have other suggestions; I’m only sharing what has worked for me. The other thing that’s been huge for me personally is sharing my work here with all of you, and interacting with so many people at every skill level, all of whom have the passion to create. I find the art community to be extremely supportive, kind, warm and helpful. I so appreciate all of you who help me improve here every week!
Thank you again, and Happy Draw a Bird Day to you! ***Shake thy tail feathers in unison***! Peace.