Draw a Bird, October 2018

This little bird frequents our yard feeders, although I’m not sure if it is a house finch or a purple finch. One recent morning I found him sitting in the grass, obviously distressed. I placed some seed near him hoping that he would recover from whatever happened. Some of his feathers seemed out of place, and I suspected he flew into the screened porch or perhaps had a run in with the neighbor cat or some other creature.

I watched out for him all day, but later that afternoon he was no longer in the grass. However, to my surprise, he was sitting in the clear-view feeder attached to the window. Still looking rather ruffled, I was glad to know that at least he could fly and get to the food himself.

Draw a Bird, October 2018, Finch

Draw a Bird, October 2018, Finch

That was weeks ago, and I see him each day at the feeders, bird bath, or simply chirping in the tree. His flight is impaired and clumsy, so I hope he will be okay through the autumn and winter.

I decided to paint him without the bent feathers as surely he’d want his portrait to reveal his best self!

Bee, #WorldWatercolorGroup

As promised here is one of the creepy crawlies that I am not fond of observing up close – a bee.  I don’t know how accurate this one is to a real bee because I simply drew it without looking at a reference photo and am going with it.

Bee

Bee

I love what bees do for us and know how important they are in nature, but looking at every wiggling, twitching, alien detail is not enjoyable to me.  For that reason it was very easy to paint looser, something I want to do more of, so thank you, bee, for teaching me a lesson in loose painting!