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:
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.