U and X Birds–You’ll Have To Read The Blog To Find Out Who Is Who
Look what I did today!!! There will one more to post tomorrow–it’s ALMOST finished–and the alphabet will be done.
Both the birds I painted today were challenging letters. I decided to go with a domesticated (at least in the US) bird for my U–the Umbrella Cockatoo.
It’s always a challenge to paint a bird that is one solid color–white in particular. I must say, I kinda like the way it turned out.
For the letter X, I was going to do something creative like paint a bird dropping and write something like X marks the spot where a bird was–but that was a cop out. Instead I went the scientific name approach. Here you have the Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, better known as the Yellow-Headed Blackbird.
I know only a little about these birds. Although I do see them at the Ridgefield Wildlife refuge along with the Red-Winged Blackbird, they are not nearly as prolific, especially along the side of the road. One thing I do know about them, they don’t have a pretty singing voice. In fact, it’s rather harsh and annoying. Like the Red-Winged Blackbird they nest in freshwater marshes, forage for food in farm fields and open country and hang out with other blackbirds in the fall and winter.
I am a curious artist who enjoys stimulating dialogue, exploring perspective and relationship in all things art, life (human and animal kingdom alike) and my beliefs...I avoid politics when possible.
A little background on this blog--I'd been going to an art group for Christians called The Responding and a few months in I decided to respond--yep, I'm a slow one to respond. About the same time my husband wanted me to illustrate some of his children's poetry, which is far from my style. I was praying about it and woke up with the idea to start doodling responses to my morning devotions and hopefully I'd be able to develop a style that could work for poetry. I decided to doodle through My Utmost for His Highest. At first I started with just doodles, then I decided to add a brief thought response on the back of the card. Then one day I thought, "Why keep these to myself, I'll start a Facebook photo page. Eventually it became this blog.
What's planned for the future? When I've doodled through the whole book I plan to do a physical show with them. I will also choose some to develop further and the remainder I will. sell them. All proceeds will go to relieve abuse of all kinds. Currently I'm exploring ministries and orginizations that have credible backgrounds to invest in. More details will be made available as I continue on with this venture. I'm trusting God to lead me.
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