Hey, It’s Draw a Bird Day (the May reprise)

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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.

54 thoughts on “Hey, It’s Draw a Bird Day (the May reprise)

  1. I totally agree with you about ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ – it’s a great place to start, and if its examples don’t prove that anyone can draw, I don’t know what will.

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  2. Dear Laura -fabulous little wren! I love your enthusiasm about learning to draw. Drawing and other forms of artistic expression brings me great happiness and I can see you are receiving the same gift. Have a great day.

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  3. Oh Laura! That wren! The beak is what strikes me on this drawing as so distinguishing. And the chubby round shape that is so distinctive of these cute little birdies! GORGEOUS! Knew what it was right away – of course. Simply beautiful. Great post. You are really sharing and spreading your joy and love of art. I know you’ve helped me “catch the bug!” Thanks for all you do and who you are! So Happy to Shake My Tail Feathers with you today! HAPPY FRIDAY! And Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! Love ya!

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    1. Thank you Jodi! I was stuck in an 8-hr webinar yesterday and had to work during it. This guy was rushed and it was so much harder than I thought it would be, but at least I learned from it. I’ve always wanted to draw a little wren. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and for helping us fly today!!

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      1. UGH! Love that you got to multi-task though 🙂 It so does not look rushed. I need to consider watercolor pencils for more detailed drawings, but sheesh – so much I want to do – not enough hours in the day!!!!! 🙂 You rocked the Wren!

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        1. Thanks! This one was actually my colored pencils. Argh and I haven’t posted the recs you wanted. Are you interested in everything or just pens and pencils. Maybe I should do a post about this. But maybe I should become a Blick affiliate first lol! But seriously their prices and service I’ve found to be the best. And you can return opened, used stuff for up to a YEAR, no questions asked. I’ve found NO other company that allows that.

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          1. You should write to them and ask if you they will send you some free stuff to promote it! 🙂 No worries on getting back to me on it – whenever you have time – no worries at all! Fly my feathered- winged friend and go with the wind 🙂

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            1. Thanks, my sweet! The Blick affiliate thing is real; they actually give you 10% of whatever people buy if you link to Blick on your site, they approve you, and you belong to the program! I don’t want to be a “commercial” site, but I push Blick all the time because it’s (IMO) the best and I love dealing with them. So why not become an affiliate? I’ve toyed with the idea many times. It’d be a great way to help offset the cost of all my art supplies that I discuss here.

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            1. Wow, do you get service that fast from them?! My co. has Prime for office supplies, but jeez we never get same day service!! 😀 I hope you do; they truly are wonderful. I can’t wait to see what you make with them! You really are very talented. ❤

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  4. I agree, “Draw a lot!” You’ve come a long way – your bird looks like it is singing a lovely song. And you are certainly one of the extremely supportive, kind, warm and helpful people here. Hugs!

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    1. Awww. Thank you so much, Cynthia, you just made my morning with that kind comment. I so admire your work, and so any compliment from you means that much more. Keep rocking those brushes, and thanks again for your encouragement and support. ❤

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      1. You have been very encouraging and inspiring. I think your talent lies in drawing, actually – truly! You really capture those famous people in those portraits you have done, they are so recognizable. Keep drawing – and I need to draw more, too. I haven’t seen all of your work, so I don’t know all that you can do – but I do so admire your drawing ability.

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        1. Wow. Thank you so much. I’d love to see your drawings! I fell in love with watercolor first, and backpedaled to drawing because it was taking me forever to do the under-drawing for the WC painting. And I do enjoy it, but the WC holds a different feeling for me; I think it’s a different kind of freedom. I’m not sure if I’m expressing this well. I can’t really put my feelings for the medium into words, but the short story is I’d love to become a watercolorist whose paintings are that much better because the drawing underneath was solid. Perspective is a major problem for me, still. Even certain portrait angles carry a built-in perspective issue. Anyway, sorry for the ramble, and thanks for your encouragement and praise; it means a lot!

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    1. Kathy, I am so happy, because truly you are a gifted photographer, and your wildlife photos are stunning!! If you need help with the sharing side, let me know. I googled “linking to other websites on wordpress” a few weeks back and got some great, short youtube tutorials that helped me a lot!

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        1. Of course! I’d be flattered! Oh, and Jill will be so happy too. That’s very kind of you, Kathy, thanks again! Oh, and thank you so much for your lovely photos, which will be keeping me busy this weekend, my friend!

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  5. Love your wren and your words and that you´re one out of nine! This is so special and outstanding nowadays, I think it´s great!!! And I feel absolutely the same about this little community here – it´s wonderful to get so much warm hearted support and motivation. And to also give it! What a blessing! 😊

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    1. Thank you, Ann, and I’m so glad you joined us!! You’re always so sweet and your comments make me feel like a million bucks, every time. You warm this place up AND make it fly. You ROCK! And you’re a heck of a painter too. Thanks for encouraging me in my art journey every time you stop by. I’ve thought several times since about your comment that I should focus on watercolor, because it’s my dream to be able to paint like you and others here do. ❤ 🐣🐔

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        1. Thank you, Ann. I really struggle with perspective, and as in this piece here, it hinders me at times (and let’s be honest, frustrates the H out of me also). Ugh, there are soooo many things I want to do, and not nearly enough time to even dabble in them all, much less specialize. Thanks as always for your encouragement. I think back to advice you’ve given me time and again when I’m drawing or painting. It always reassures me and helps me go forward. ((((Ann)))) And your work is an inspiration all its own!! 😀

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    1. No worries, Teresa, if there seems to be enough interest (and I’m thinking there might actually be, lol!) then we’ll do it again next month. Every 8th! 😀 I’m not happy with this drawing at all; I didn’t plan ahead and had to rush it, but thank you for complimenting it. I hope you have a terrific weekend.

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  6. He (or she) is so adorable! Lovely capture of this little fellow! I started a bird on Friday, but the day got filled with work projects that I wasn’t able to finish him up… Really love your birds! Will you be doing a A-Z series on them?

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh, I’d love to see your birdie, if you do finish him.

      That’s a good Q. I’m thinking about doing a series on wildlife of all kinds, including birds. I’m wondering about the alphabet though….I’m starting to feel a bit constrained by it. (I bounce back and forth between challenged (in a good way) and constrained, actually.) I’m wondering if I should abandon that aspect, but every time push comes to shove, I keep going with it. What do you think I should do?

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      1. Hmm… I do like your A-Z series. It seems to represent you and gives us (your readers) the joy to see what you will come up with for the next letter. But I totally understand the feeling of constrained… feeling stuck to a subject isn’t always delightful, and could dull the fun drive to create and build on your talent. I would say, go were your heart calls. There never seems to be enough time in a day to create all you wish to… so do what will challenge you without the constrain 🙂

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