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!

Happy Hummer: Draw a Bird Day, July Issue (and 100 Face Challenge, #69)!

Happy Friday!   Happy Draw a Bird Day!   It’s time to once again thank and recognize our friend M. R. Emberson at A-Wing and A-Way for informing us about the original Draw a Bird Day, celebrated annually on April 8.  A bunch of my artist buddies and I have been celebrating it on the eighth of each month ever since!    I hope you’ll enjoy.   This is on 8 x 5″ 300-lb. Arches cold press (which helped me out a whole lot on this one):

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I decided some time ago that I wanted to paint a hummingbird this month in watercolor for DABD, since July is also World Watercolor Month, sponsored (and created) by our friend Charlie O’Shields over at Doodlewash.   I sketched them over and over, head, beak, body, you name it, I even painted one a couple of times in a sketch book, based on an illustration from a book.   I wasn’t happy enough with the artwork to share them.   Then an amazing photographer by the name of Emily Carter Mitchell of Bella Remy Photography posted this shot of a hummingbird yesterday that she worked with an engineer to orchestrate!   And let me tell you, it’s a beaut!   She graciously gave me permission to use her beautiful, crisp image in my painting today.   And boy, did it give me a huge hand up!   Thanks again, Emily!

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I used a #2 round Isabey kolinsky sable (this is from a line of really nice but reasonably priced brushes) to paint everything but the eye.   For that, I took another artist’s advice (sorry, can’t remember her blog name at the moment) and bought a very small Winsor & Newton Series 7 sable brush.   The WN line of brushes is really expensive, but since there are very few hairs in that fine brush, and the hairs are fairly short, it isn’t too crazy at under $16.   It does work wonderfully for very small areas like that one, and I’m sure it will last a long time, so it’s all good in the end.   Sometimes you really need something very fine to get the job done.     (Note:  As a Blick Art Materials affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site.   Enjoy and thank you!)

If you would like your bird artwork to be included in my roundup in about a week, please put a link to your work in my comments below.    Thanks so much for helping us make WordPress fly in July!  😀

Are we dancing?   I think it’s time!    Speaking of which, I just have to share a link to this video from Britt Nicole, as the song “Headphones” came on my Pandora station while I was painting this yesterday, and now I can’t get it out of my mind.   I dare you not to dance when you hear this; it’s so zippy and happy!  Happy FRIDAY and I hope you enjoy the dance today!   Peace.

Yellow Bird of Happiness Returns! May Madness Day 8

Happy Mother’s Day!   Happy Draw a Bird Day!    Some of us like to take the annual Draw A Bird Day celebration, brought to our attention here on WordPress by Michael Emberson of A-Wing and A-Way just over a year ago, and make it a monthly event.   We help WordPress fly on the 8th of each month by posting our bird art, and by encouraging each other’s progress in drawing and painting birds.     A special thanks to all my artist buddies who joined in today!    This little painting is on a 6 x 6″ (notice I’ve graduated from 5 x 5″, yippee!) Gessobord panel.


I will post a round-up of all of the bird artwork in a few days, so if you would like your work to be included, please leave a comment with a link to your post below.     I want to thank Kerfe & Nina over at Method Two Madness for graciously hoisting the Draw a Bird Day banner for the last several months while work clipped my wings for awhile.

I’ve returned with the Yellow Bird of Happiness!   You may remember this little guy from back in September.   (I’m slowly working my way toward some type of realistic acrylic painting, hehe.)   I really enjoyed playing with Golden quinacridone magenta, hansa yellow (medium and light) and transparent pyrrole orange, and a few Caran d’Ache neocolor II crayons helped me out with this little birdie as well.

It’s not always easy to make time to create a painting each day, but I relish the opportunity to sit down and bring something to life.    There’s something special about that!  I’m learning a lot, and having fun.   I hope you are too, and I hope all of the moms out there have a fabulous Mother’s Day today!     Hug your little chicks today, everyone!

Hey Peeps…..Draw a Bird Day May is on the Way! (58/100 Face Challenge)

It’s now been more than a year since our friend M. R. Emberson at A-Wing and A-Way let us know that there is an actual holiday for drawing birds (April 8). Many of us have been celebrating our wing-ed friends on the eighth of every month since.


Sunday, May 8 is only a week away, and we would love it if you joined us! Let’s keep WordPress flying! If you post a link to your May bird artwork either here or on my May 8 post, I’ll post a round-up with links to all of the participants’ work when the dust settles.

I want to thank my friends Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness for hosting Draw a Bird Day during my busy season. They did a wonderful job, and from them, I learned a few tips that will hopefully help me to manage this month’s wrap-up a little more smoothly.

I am joining my friend Margaret Parker Brown at Yuba Gold (and I think Debi Riley is hoping to join in too) in painting every day this month! You won’t want to miss the work those two ladies will be posting, that I can promise! I am still a baby artist and out of practice with watercolor, but I could not resist this amazing photo of a goldfinch my buddy Jodi at Life in Between shared recently.

Goldfinches are one of my very favorite birds, so full of sunshine, and so I just had to try a little painting on a sample piece of 3 x 4″ 300 lb. cold press Saunders Waterford watercolor paper kindly provided to me (for free!) by Dick Blick.    I was aiming for something I didn’t quite achieve, but I find that often is the case with watercolor, and I’m learning to be pleased with what the medium (AKA the watercolor gods) is up to at that particular moment.

A few other things I learned:

  1.   Having less time can sometimes work in my favor, at least with watercolor (this really helped with a bluebird I painted recently)
  2.   Cadmium yellow and dioxazine violet do not make the strong black I was hoping for (thus, neutral tint to the rescue, thanks Charlie)
  3.   I’m not sure if I’m a gouache girl (forgot to save the whites and used my zinc white gouache for the first time this go-round)
  4.   It is what it is, and “it” will get better if you just keep pressing forward and showing up!

My goals for this month include becoming more familiar with acrylics, experimenting with all kinds of different surfaces, expanding my color palette, particularly with my abstract work, and getting used to waking up very early to an alarm clock so that I can keep painting every day this month (just keeping it real)!   I’ve also set a goal to get back to a daily yoga practice and incorporate aerobic exercise into my life again.   After sitting in front of a desk for lo, those many hours during busy season (and yes, cheating with chocolate bars), I need to lose a few pounds and stop creaking so much when I move (only slightly kidding).   Wish me luck on all of these goals, and pray ’em if you got ’em!

I do hope that you are enjoying your Sunday, and that you get time to play with your art supplies (or whatever thrills you the most) today.   Shake a tailfeather or two, it’ll do your body good.  Peace.

Happy (Belated) Draw a Bird Day!

It’s been one year since Michael over at A-Wing and A-Way let us know that there really IS a Draw a Bird Day celebration every year on April 8…..and we’ve been celebrating our wing-ed friends on the eighth of every month since!    Thanks for enlightening us, Michael!   It is so very cool to have a holiday just for drawing birds.   I want to thank Kathy over at Backyard Bird Nerd once again for a tremendously crisp image of a red-winged blackbird for this go-round.   Loved them all, and so hard to choose every time from so many wonderful images, Kathy.   This is my very loose interpretation, lol.


Busy season is keeping me…..busier than normal this year, and so I didn’t have time to create what I call “postable” art on April 8.   So I made a slapdash attempt today, instead!    I want to thank my friends Nina and Kerfe over at Method Two Madness for helping us keep WP flying this month, and hosting the April annual/monthly DABD celebration!

I hate to post on the fly, but my birds are playing the field today and I have to catch ’em while I can!    I hope to catch up with all of you soon.   (Yes, I will need real wings for that!)   Tweet tweet to all!