Draw A Bird, July 2020, Plus the 1st Week’s Recap of World Watercolor Month

Hi friends. For this month’s Draw A Bird day, I painted an osprey portrait. When on vacation, we enjoy watching osprey fly over the ocean looking for big fish. Even better is when you see them flying away with their tasty meal (although a feel a little bad for the fish). We also like to see another type of osprey practicing maneuvers up and down the beach, as you will see in the last picture below.

Osprey
Osprey

Charlie, the founder of Doodlewash and World Watercolor Month (WWCM), has given us thought-provoking prompts this year for WWCM, and here are my interpretations for the first week. These paintings are not meant to be masterpieces. The point is to simply enjoy the process of painting and not worry about the end product so much.

Rejoice "The world rejoices in flowers"
Rejoice – “The world rejoices in flowers”
Texture - Rust
Texture – Rust
Playful - Jumping in the Surf
Playful – Jumping in the Surf
Quiet - Tea and Reading
Quiet – Tea and Reading
My Favorite Color - Blue
My Favorite Color – Blue
Flow - Shower
Flow – Shower
Free - Marines practice Osprey maneuvers over the beach we visit
Free – Marines practice Osprey maneuvers over the beach we visit

World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors in 31 days.   Artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education to get art supplies for kids who need them.  If you want to know more or help deserving children obtain art supplies, please check out the official WWCM website here. See you next week with a recap of week 2. Stay safe out there!

Draw a Bird Day – January 2016

Here we are again – the 8th of the month – a day some folks in the blogosphere call Draw A Bird Day.  The official draw a bird day is April 8, but some enjoyed it so much that we now celebrate our feathered friends once a month.  You know what?  I am glad that I stumbled onto this custom because I have discovered that I really enjoy drawing and painting birds!  Who knew?  There is just something about them that I can’t explain.

Young Osprey

Young Osprey With Its Catch

Today’s bird is painted from a photo taken by my talented brother-in-law.  He enjoys hiking through our local parks and has taken pictures of birds that I have never seen around here before.  Guess I need to get out and hike more often, but even if I saw them I could never photograph them as beautifully as he does.  Here is my version of an immature Osprey with its delicious catch.  I hope I did justice by his awesome photo, and I know he will continue to inspire me with his artistic photography.