Draw a Bird Day May: Bird Art Roundup (and Face Challenge #59-61)!

DABD May JayI want to thank Michael at A-Wing and A-Way for telling us in April 2015 about the holiday for drawing birds, which falls each year on April 8!    Some of us like to celebrate our fair and feathered friends each month on the 8th by posting our bird art on our blogs and encouraging each other in our work.   It’s fun, and we hope you’ll join us next month!

Here is a round up of our May participants:

Moon in Capricorn at Artistcoveries contributed her lovely colored pencil work of a snowy white egret

Jodi at Life in Between posted a joyful watercolor of a goldfinch after taking her own photo, which she used for inspiration

Charlie at Doodlewash wins the prize for most creative post this month with this watercolor of chicken drumsticks (and they look scrumptious!)

Sharon at Monday Tuesday Wednesday painted a Say’s Phoebe that was a new sighting for her, and illustrated it also as part of a lovely watercolor painting

Deborah at Circadian Reflections painted a delicate Anna’s hummingbird in watercolor

Michelle at Michelle Kogan Illustration painted a lovely Cotorra volando

Judith at Curious to the Max posted her whimsical “Irritated Birds” in mixed media with a haiku

Kerfe posted an incredibly intricate stitched parakeet while her blogging partner, Nina, posted a sweet painting of a turkey

Jill at Jill’s Art Journal posted an amazing piece of collage art of a woodpecker

Cavepainter of Too Much White Paper contributed a wonderful killdeer painting in acrylic

Corinne at Corinnebekker contributed a lovely mixed media bird painting

Beverly at The Art Prescription also added a sweet mixed media bird, a blue-gray gnatcatcher to the mix

Stephen J. Quirke contributed his watercolor painting of a guinea-fowl feather as one of a collection of daily paintings he is creating this year

Susan of Susan Feniak’s Art added a wonderful mixed media painting of some chickadees at a feeder

Myriam at Myr’s Bites contributed a lovely bird illustration, also in mixed media

Snehal Kank posted a gorgeous watercolor cardinal surrounded by flowers, inspired by Kathy’s photo at Backyard Bird Nerd

A round of applause, please, for all of our participants this month!   I hope you all enjoyed them.   If you posted bird art and do not see a link to your work here, then I did not have a link to you or your work underneath my May 8 bird post in the comments section.   Please add a link in the comments here, though, and we’ll add you to the flock!

I’m going to take some artistic license and add a few other links as well:

Lance Weisser at Weisser Watercolours posted this junco a few days before the 8th this month – and please check out his site for more adorable bird miniatures in watercolor.

Cynthia at Sand Salt Moon painted her neighbor’s chicken in acrylic paint a few days prior as well

J. M. Landin of Red Newt Gallery created an amazing picture of a young gosling at a recent carbon dust workshop, and you’ll find that artwork here

DABD May grumpy bluebird babyKathy at Backyard Bird Nerd posted the sweetest collection of photos of a bluebird family from her yard and I couldn’t resist these photos.   I stayed up much too late sketching them, and wanted to include a couple quick sketches of my own (apologizing in advance that I do not erase while drawing, as practice for working in pen, so they’re far from perfect).   Please check out her blog if you love birds as we do; her skills are top-notch and her commentary is always amusing!    I also want to thank Kathy for the terrific photo of the “too cute” blue jay with personality plus that I couldn’t resist drawing that appears at the top of this post.

If you’re interested in waterbirds, Donna’s site at Bay Photos by Donna is always a wonderful place to visit.   You’ll find birds of all kinds, but if you’re interested in waterbirds, you’ll find tons of them in her prior posts, and more variety in the upcoming months, as she begins her new life as a roving wanderer!  😀

robins robins finchRobin at Robin’s Robins is always posting delightful photos of birds, and I tried a recent photo of a house finch from this link.   (I’ve been drawing birds like crazy recently!)


I want to thank my very talented artist and photographer friends for helping WordPress fly once again in May, and stay tuned for June 8, when we will open all the cages and let the birds fly free once more! Peace.

50 thoughts on “Draw a Bird Day May: Bird Art Roundup (and Face Challenge #59-61)!

  1. what a nice round up ! I have to click back to check each one later … going to rest after a long day ~ really cool how your integrated the drawings into your post. Such great line work in black and red!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, C! So glad you enjoyed. It sure is easier to draw a bird than to paint one! I just remembered your chicken painting, C, I’m going to include it as well! So glad you piped in. I knew there were some I was missing.


  2. What a lovely post! So much time and effort and love went into it! You truly are a blessing to so many of us Laura Loo! No wonder I love you! 🙂


    1. We’re thrilled to have you, Myriam! I’m finding my lines become more expressive and it helps me with pen to not erase. It disturbs my flow. At times it drives me crazy not to, so I make sure to have it far away, in a place I’m too lazy to go 😀. Really loving your artwork!!

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      1. I know what you mean about expressiveness and flow. I really like that about your sketches. I’ve been thinking of doing some quick sketches without an eraser but I keep choosing to be particular about my line placement instead. Good tip about putting the eraser far away :-)!

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        1. Myriam honestly if you care about lines being just right, that’s how I was too. Drawing in pen was rough. Then I decided if I can’t erase pen I won’t erase colored pencil or pencil either. There are times I use an eraser but at this point I have more fun without and the drawings have a more expressive quality, which I like anyhow so…you may find lots of growth in trying it. And remember, no one has to see unless you want them to! I’d love to see how you get on with it.

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              1. I went eraserless with a fox last night. It ended up looking more like a dog or a wolf. But I think I could find “foxiness” with practice. And then maybe I could draw a fox from memory!!! 🙂 I also tried drawing a fox with one continuous line. Wow! Much harder than it looks. I think I drew Cookie Monster.


  3. Wonderful post Laura, thank you for the nice description of each artist’s bird post. And, the added acknowledgement of our other favorite bird contributors.
    Can’t wait for June 8.

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  4. You’re too kind, Laura! Dorie would be pleased with what you, Kerfe, Nina, Myriam, Jill, and many others have done! (By the way, I’m hoping that by mid-June I’ll be able to be on WordPress with more consistency. I forgot how busy this time of year is.) Take care. Best, Michael

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  5. Lovely roundup – thanks – and nice to see your sketches. I think your bird looks really great. I love drawing without erasing – that’s how I learned to draw (use a black pen and go go go, try not to fuss over mistakes, which is not always easy). So I applaud you for trying it too.

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  6. A huge THANK YOU Laura for the shout-out, you always ROCK! I’m missing my Maryland eastern shore bird ops, but boy I am having a blast enjoying the never-ending change of scenery as we wander across our America the Beautiful! 🙂

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