Draw A Bird Day (November rewind) and October recap!

*drumroll please* Here comes the long-awaited October recap of Draw A Bird day, which we last celebrated on October 8!   I hope you enjoy the artwork of the artists who joined us in October to celebrate our free-wheeling flying friends.   (If you’d like to learn more about the official Draw A Bird day holiday, visit A-Wing and A-Way here.)

We had quite a few first-time participants, listed first:

Moses at Art by Moses shared his favorite bird artwork with me and I’m sharing it with you!   😀

Michael of A Certain Line

Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd included a poem she wrote along with just a few of her amazing bird photos

Tree at Conversations Around the Tree

Haunani at Art and Moondreams

Surabhiakascarlette at The River in Me

Carol at Carol’s Creative Papers

Susan at Susan Feniak Art

And some old favorites who’ve joined us before, in random order:

Ann at AnnChristina.com

Kirk at Dumb Sketch December has two entries here and here

Charlie at Doodlewash

Catherine at www.catherinemjohnson.com

Sharon at Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Jill at Jill’s Art Journal

Jodi at Life in Between

Kerfe at Method Two Madness

Tequihby at One Stumble at a Time

Teresa at One Good Thing

Snehal at Snehal Kank

Beverly at Art Prescription

Cynthia at Sand Salt Moon

Myriam at Myr’s Bytes

Whew!   What a list!   If I missed anyone, trust me, it’s me not you…….please let me know and I’ll be sure to include you!

Hub made a new windowsill peanut feeder, which he installed recently, and the titmice have been using our deck railing as a runway ever since! They’re trying to fatten up for winter, I guess. 🙂  So for this month, I thought I’d post a recent page from my art journal in which I’ve been drawing birds from life. Talk about a challenge! They usually only give you a few seconds before flying off with peanut in beak, lol.   I like the two on the bottom best – I had a few more seconds on these poses, as the bird decided to start eating the peanut inside the feeder.    It’s lots of fun – I encourage you to get a windowsill feeder and try it!


I also wanted to share with you a beautiful book I found recently called “The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds” by Julie Zickefoose.    If you love birds and bird artwork, you owe it to yourself to check this book out.   The author not only wrote but illustrated it, and even though I recently brought it home from the library and have not yet read it, I can tell you the writing and illustrations are both lovely.    The artwork alone is enough, really, but she has been fascinated with birds since she was young, has rehabilitated injured birds, etc. and I have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful read, filled with anecdotes from the author’s experiences.   I’m really looking forward to it!

I took a blogging break when we went on vacation in October, and I really want to thank everyone who emailed me, commented, etc. while I was away.   There is a great community of people here and it was nice to be missed!    Thank you so much for that.   I learned a few things from my break though, and the biggest surprise was how much time was freed up by not blogging!    I was spending lots more time on WP than I realized.   I’m still making art every day, and enjoying every minute of it, but I’m not feeling the need to return to blogging at this point.   I may pop in here and there, but if you don’t see me around for awhile, rest assured all is well.     Paintbrushes and pens are still flying over here…..I’ve learned I need to make art.   So, I will definitely continue!

Peace and purple paint puddles to you, and I hope you enjoy this beautiful Autumn season as much as I am!

45 thoughts on “Draw A Bird Day (November rewind) and October recap!

  1. so nice to see you here, Laura, if only for a brief check in! You are missed, but I understand your need to do what you need to do. Keep splashing in those purple puddles! xoxo

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  2. So nice to hear from you :-)! And so glad you are well, enjoying your new found free time and still creating art every day!

    Your titmice are so cute :-). Very cool that you are drawing them from life. I’ve never seen a titmouse in real life, but I did draw one from a field guide last month.

    Thanks for posting links to the October bird-arters. There are a few I haven’t seen yet!

    The Bluebird book sounds like a lovely book. Luckily, the Calgary Library has it.

    Looks like it is time for me to finish up my bird post for today.


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  3. Happy to see you back! I certainly understand the need to take a break, though, but I hope we’ll see you around now & then – and of course I’m glad to hear you’re still making art!

    I need to get my bird started today before it’s too late!

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  4. It’s wonderful to have you back even if you’re only popping in every now and then! I can totally understand the need to pull back from blogging, for it can be become a very time-consuming activity. However, I’m grateful for all that you’ve done to promote the creative process and beautiful art, especially that involving our feathered friends!

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  5. Hi Laura! So HAPPY to see you stop by WP today, my friend! Glad you are still CREATING art every day! 🎨 I enjoyed seeing your bird sketches. And thanks for posting the recap from last month. 😊🐦🌈

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  6. Oh, that is a wonderful book! My sister-in-law recommended it to me last year.
    Of course we missed you! But absolutely, blogging is time-consuming, and you need to fit it into your life. Come and go when you can! (K)

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  7. I’m happy to here you will continue making art. I am sorry to here you won’t be around as often…but I know that is selfish of me. As with anything in life…you should only do things when you are getting joy from them.

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  8. Phew!!! As I was on vacation, I thought I missed your posts…I tried to read as much as I possibly could with a limited/unreliable internet access. I am glad you’re back; so am I……….Now catching up with every site, thanking and reciprocating all comments (as in FAA) in other words back to daily, beautiful life!!!

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  9. Dear Laura, SO glad you are back. You have been through the ringer, girlfriend. Hub told me about the loss of Penny. It is so sad. I am praying for healing for your heart. It is so wonderful you took time to drawl pics of her that will keep her close and among your fondest memories.

    I had no idea that you responded to all those other blogs. Sounds like too much pressure. This is suppose to be fun for you, not an extra job. I am so glad you are rethinking how often you will post your gifts with all of your faithful followers. Hey, I’m a fan. Stay true to yourself. Autumn Blessings,Jean 🙂

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  10. I echo everyone else’s sentiments about being delighted to see you back! I’ll hope you had a lovely and restful time off!

    I love your titmice sketches! They’re so energetic and really evoke the titmouse character!

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  11. So good to see you again here, Laura!!! ❤️ And great to have this list to discover all the birds flying around WP!!! 😊 And the list is even a little longer actually, because you missed me. 😉 (No worries!!! 💕) Thank you for sharing this book, I just had a quick look and it seems to be beautiful!!! Guess I´ll check it out! 😉 I completely understand your posting break, I´m also taking a little rest – to much to do in “real” life… But you´re right about this little community here, it´s so lovely!!! ❤️ Have a wonderful, creative fun-time!!!


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