*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!
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!