Backyard Bird Nerd Bluebird (#31): 100 Face Challenge

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been struck by Kathy’s photos at Backyard Bird Nerd. She recently posted a series of bluebird photos that begged to be sketched. If you are interested in birds at all, you owe it to yourself to check out her site.


My Polychromos colored pencils once again helped me out with this little sketch in my Strathmore mixed media art journal. I may just have to make time tonight to sketch the whole bunch! I just love bluebirds, and Kathy captures them from every angle. Sometimes they look so disgruntled, which always makes me laugh. Thanks again, Kathy! You are a huge blessing to us all!

Stay tuned for another famous face tomorrow. Not an American and not a sports figure! Woo hoo! πŸ˜€ I just hope I can resurrect it…….we shall see if the portrait gods are with me! Peace.

79 thoughts on “Backyard Bird Nerd Bluebird (#31): 100 Face Challenge

  1. I like the softness in this drawing, Laura. So beautiful! And Kathy’s photos are the best! I’d like to try splashing some watercolors around and paint one of those sweet bluebirds! πŸ’™β€οΈπŸ’™

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    1. Aren’t they the sweetest? I’m so glad you like this, Jill. I can hardly resist Kathy’s photos. They are so close and I love the detail and personality in her subjects! πŸ™‚ I hope to see your bluebird painting. Love the blue in those birds – I found it hard to try & copy here.

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      1. Thank you Laura, it is good to see you as well. I took a bit of a break and missed seeing everyone’s postings, hoping to get back in the rhythm and catch up to folks. Blue birds have a special place in my heart, and seeing yours was a true delight.

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        1. I’m so glad they are favorites of yours – me too! Breaks can be really wonderful. I think I learned a lot from mine and I hope you enjoyed yours too. Definitely there will be more bluebirds to come! And thanks again for your kind encouragement, Haunani. πŸ’œ

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    1. Wow, thank you, Debi! He is in my art journal, but from that same link, Kathy shared about 15 bluebird photos and a few others really grabbed me as well. I’m so glad you like this one so much! That’s a huge compliment, and one I so appreciate! πŸ’›


  2. Awww, this is so sweet and beautiful, Laura! πŸ’– Love the lightness and looseness in it! I always thought that coloured pencils are boring on their own, thatΒ΄s why I always use them only beside watercolours. On the other hand I thought that using coloured pencils really artfully takes a lot of patience (as when people make true-to-life illustrations of vegetables, plants, fruits, which is extremely beautiful but quite exhausting as well). Thanks for showing me that I was wrong. This one here looks neither boring nor exhausting. ItΒ΄s just lovely and perfect. 😊

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    1. What a kind comment! Thank you so much, Ann, you dear woman! I think the conclusion you drew is right, though. I’d love to be able to make detailed colored pencil paintings but for the length of time it would take, as you say, I would probably grow bored and lose interest. That’s assuming I could even do it! But a little sketch like this, sure you have to layer to get the depth (and one of my best pencils for the deep blue was dull and I was too lazy to sharpen it and chose other blues instead), but it was fun and didn’t take hours and hours. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that you’re thinking differently about colored pencils also! ❀️

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      1. Absolutely, I am glad I could find two new cool blogs, yours and Kathy’s. It’s good to know that she can identify birds, I recently purchased a 300mm lens for my camera and the lens allows me to take photos of smaller birds. Just recently I went through some of my bird photos and I noticed that I don’t know some of the birds. So, your suggestion is even greater now! πŸ™‚

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        1. Wonderful! I noticed it on one or two of your posts that you were wondering what kind of bird it is, and I can identify some birds, but not all, not with certainty. Kathy is good though, and there are other bird photographers here who could help out too, I’m sure. You get some really great photos! I like the closeup shots, it really helps me when I’m drawing. Anyway, thanks again for the follow and your help, and I hope to be featuring Shyna soonish!

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