Let’s Celebrate our June Draw a Bird Day artists! (100 Face Challenge #64)

I want to thank Michael Emberson of A-Wing and A-Way, who informed the WordPress community about the April 8 Draw a Bird Day holiday just over a year ago. Many of us have been celebrating birds on the eighth of every month since!    A special thanks to Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd for her tremendous photos, including this recent one I’ve rendered with a 4B pencil below.   Kathy, you’ve spoiled me.   And kept me very busy with your many amazingly detailed (and often sassy) images, thank you!    In case you missed anyone’s bird art, here are the links to our participants’ artwork this month:

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The ladies at Method Two Madness contributed a verse and a mockingbird (Kerfe) and a parrot (Nina)

Judith at Artistcoveries contributed a watercolor scarlet tanager

I recently found Dawn at Brush of Dawn through Judith, and she’s done some lovely bird paintings – here is her owl and the raven I fell in love with (and not just cause I’m a Ravens fan)

Deborah at Circadian Reflections contributed a watercolor killdeer

Carol at Carol’s Creative Papers posted her watercolor pelican, inspired by a recent trip

Jodi at Life in Between painted a blue heron in watercolor

Susan at Susan Feniak’s art contributed a watercolor heron too!

Jeanette at Lunanista contributed a cardinal as part of an altered book

Teresa Robeson contributed a palila in watercolor marker

Teri at Teri2Creations contributed a bat in watercolor and pastel

Jill at Jill’s Art Journal contributed three mixed media whimsical birds

OutsideAuthority contributed a textile bird

Myriam at Myr’s Bites contributed an ink and marker Anna’s hummingbird

CavePainter contributed a robin in mixed media

Carolina at Yesterday After contributed a girl with a bird in watercolor

Charlie at Doodlewash doodlewashed a duck in watercolor for us

Ann at Ann Christina contributed a bluethroat in watercolor

and last but by no means least, Quinn Creative contributed an incredible minimalist word collage of a crow

I want to thank all of my talented friends for helping WordPress fly once again!   I hope you all enjoyed the artwork from my talented friends this month! 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 June 8 bird post in the comments section. Please add a link in the comments here, though, and we’ll be sure to add you to the list!

Next month, July, is now World Watercolor Month, thanks to the magic and amazingness of our friend Charlie at Doodlewash! Let’s give Charlie a round of applause! So for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to post a few things I’ve learned about watercolor, experiment with some different colors, surfaces, brushes, etc. and share some of the wonderful YouTubers I’ve discovered that helped me out in my quest to learn the watercolor dance. I’m by no means an expert, but I really want to help Charlie promote World Watercolor Month (because isn’t it just amazing he got this done?!). He paints one watercolor each and every day and is nearly up to 365 days in a row of doing this, a feat all its own, but he’d like us to join him by posting a watercolor painting each day this July. I will try, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself, can’t risk strangling the muse, but I know he would love it if we could join him in the fun next month. *waving my pom poms on Charlie’s behalf*

Happy Almost Weekend to all, and enjoy the birdies today. Peace.

55 thoughts on “Let’s Celebrate our June Draw a Bird Day artists! (100 Face Challenge #64)

    1. Kathy, it makes me happy to give something back to you. And if you can recognize your birds, that’s a huge compliment. Thank you so much. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have the chance to draw so many birds at such close range. I don’t have the equipment or the skill to do it! We’re all blessed that you share your talent so graciously with us. 💛

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    1. Thanks, Debi. I do so love anything with eyes. The face challenge is not really a challenge! I do wish I felt comfortable painting faces tho. But if I weren’t hooked on color, I’d draw with a pencil (or pen) forever. I really appreciate your encouragement (as always) 💙

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  1. So you do this every month? Just paint a bird? Lololololololol. That is why you asked me about birds and I am sure you mentioned why but it didn’t even click in my mind! How fun! I might have to get into this cuz I do like to paint birds. Thank you Laura!

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    1. Thank you! I spent a couple of days trying to draw a bird for this post, and they all looked demented and deformed. Idk what happened, because birds usually come to me, I’ve been drawing them the longest. Finally turned everything upside down to keep this one from going demented too. Kathy’s site is great if you’re ever looking for reference photos. Her birds always have personality! I think they know her and she knows them. Plus she has dynamite equipment and mad talent!

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  2. Thank you so much Laura for the link and it is so great that we do this every month! I think thanks to Charlie we got such a great group of artists! Btw I love your bird drawing! Let’s see what happen next! ❤

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  3. Beautiful drawing, Laura! 😍and amazing round up! Thanks so much for hosting this…love Draw a Bird day!! And thanks for the sweet words and helping promote World Watercolor Month! 😃 hoping everyone joins in as much as they can! Never hosted a global month long holiday before, so I’m thrilled to have so many friends helping me out!! Hehe

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    1. It’ll be so much fun, Charlie! So hard for me to leave acrylics behind though, I may really need to combine the two. (I never thought I would be saying that!). Yes, massive word-spreading must ensue! Although you’re the social media genius, so you’ve probably got that totally covered! Still, it can’t hurt. 💜🎨💜

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    1. Thanks, Jill, much appreciated. Yours were really cool, your imaginary birds can be better than the real ones, you mixed media genius! I froze this month and couldn’t draw a bird for a couple of days. Not sure what happened but they all looked demented and weird, no matter which one I tried. I finally had to turn everything upside down to keep this one from going the same way. That helped a lot, at least you can tell what it is. Glad you enjoyed it, and I’m really glad you joined us! 💙

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  4. Great expression as always! I keep forgetting to do bird day myself I must admit, but I so love looking at them, and really appreciate the effort you make in collecting them all for us. I must say I adore the Raven as well!

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