August Artwork (Draw a Bird Day Roundup)

Better late than never, right? Life and work get in the way sometimes, but I wanted everyone to get a chance to see the amazing bird artwork so many talented bloggers posted in August for the Draw a Bird Day celebration!   A special thanks to Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd and all of our WordPress photographers for their beautiful work and reference images! In case you missed anyone’s post, here are the links to our participants’ bird celebrations from August:

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Michael of A Certain Line contributed whimsical mixed media artwork

Jill at Jill’s Art Journal contributed a brown-headed nuthatch in watercolor

Charlie at Doodlewash contributed a macaw in watercolor

Kerfe at Method Two Madness contributed a flicker in paint and collage

Jodi at Life in Between painted a pink flamingo in watercolor

Dawn at Brush of Dawn painted a crow in acrylics recently (I couldn’t find the artwork at your August link, Dawn, but love your crow too!)

Marcy Erb at Illustrated Poetry contributed some stork artwork

Cave Painter contributed a bald eagle in watercolor

Birgit Winter at Winter Art Blog painted a crow for us

Michelle Kogan painted a watercolor turkey

Carrie of Carrie Cordero Designs painted a tailorbird in watercolor

Jeanette Clawson at Lunanista contributed some mixed media swallows

Snehal Kank contributed a watercolor cardinal

Carolina at Yesterday After contributed a watercolor bluebird

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Teri of Teri’s Sketch Journal painted in watercolor a very colorful painted bunting

Beverly of The Art Prescription contributed some crows in brush ink

Annie of Annie Draws Things contributed a sweet bee hummingbird in watercolor

Carol of Carol’s Creative Papers painted a pileated woodpecker in watercolor for us

Alison at East Witching contributed watercolor cardinal art and at this link, you can purchase a print if you like

 

I hope everyone enjoyed creating and viewing my talented friends’ creations this month! If you posted bird art in August, and do not see a link to your work here, then either I made a booboo, or I did not have a link to your work underneath my August 8 bird post in the comments section. Please add a link to your August Draw a Bird Day post in the comments here, though, and we’ll be sure to add you to the list!

I am taking a blogging break, although I hope to return soonish.    Are we all celebrating September and the advent of autumn’s flaming colors and cool breezes?    You know I am!   Peace and Happy Football Sunday to all!

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!

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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!

Dogwood, anyone?

I promised myself by the end of autumn, I’d improve my trees! Let’s see if it happens.   Sketched our little dogwood tree in pen and then went back with the Cotman travel watercolor palette, then added a bit of watercolor pencil and Neocolor II water soluble pastels for a bit more definition in my Strathmore mixed media journal.   (Love that thing!).

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Lots of improvement to make, for sure, but trees are a worthwhile subject.   🙂 Happy Wednesday to all my talented blogging friends. Peace and all the colors of autumn (and spring) to you and yours today.

Top of the Quilt II – Welcome, Autumn!

After making my first little patchwork art quilt with a jazzy, crazy color scheme, I decided to see what would happen if I took the same techniques to more subdued fall fabrics and colors.

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I’d like to know what you all think of the wonk-tastic shapes and lines with the more refined textures and colors of autumn. This is just the top, so it will look different once the hand-quilting has been done.   It’s about 11 3/4″ high by 11″ wide.   Almost a square this time.

For my next little quilt, it’s back to the beach, but this time with more subdued blues and greens, I think. We’ll see where the muse takes me. I hope this weekend brings you time to create, time to breathe in the fall scents, and time to spend with those you love most! Peace.

Tree Practice

…I need more practice. But I promised myself better trees/leaves by fall’s end, so … I do find I enjoy painting both leaves and trees, so it’s all good!   Neocolors and Cotman travel palette and a very looooong football game assisted in this artwork.

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Probably best to paint in the sky before the tree is painted.   Although this one kinda looks like a tree in the rain, which all of the trees are at this point, so.   Onward!

I hope you take some time to savor the smells of fall today.   Cinnamon alone is just….it really is enough.   But add nutmeg and a Granny Smith apple and do you really need another thing?   Exactly.   Peace.

Day 11: Leaf Challenge? or Drunken Artist?

OK, so this wasn’t one of my better leaf paintings, but we all have those days, huh?   I think the top one is Neocolor crayons and the next is my Cotman travel palette.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Fall weekend and stays dry! Personally, this is perfect weather for so many things. All of the cozy things like reading, sewing, enjoying an old movie with someone cute…..even drawing and painting, with lots of lights added. 🙂 Peace.

Abstract Fall Landscape

….from the Queen of Autumn *she says, as leaves swirl around*

0927I was playing with some new Neocolor II water-soluble crayons and my Cotman travel watercolor palette and conjured up this little scene, which brought some peace at the end of a looooong day.   Refreshing!   That’s what art is for me.    And oddly, doing a painting like this before bed can even help my sleep.   Weird, huh?

I hope you have a wonderful, crisp, colorful and creative Sunday.   Peace.

Day 6: 30 Day Loving the Leaves Challenge

We were on our way back from the library (I know, another exciting night lol) when I realized I had no artwork ready for the blog! So Hub and I went leaf hunting, and found this beauty in a church parking lot.

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This one may have been left over from last year, but I love the shape of it. The colors are definitely a challenge to my mixing skills, but I did this one with my full M. Graham palette and a roughly 5 x 7″ piece of Arches 140 # cold-press paper. It was fun, but I look forward to honing my skills and enjoying the deepening colors as this challenge continues!

I wish everyone a peaceful Tuesday. Loving the crisper air and the light rain……makes for a wonderful painting and quilting vibe. Happy puddles of all sorts to you today!