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Messenger

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swift shadow
against trees and sky
black on blue
a prism
reflecting feathers and air
shapeshifting through light

corvid in flight - Sue Vincent

A shadorma and collage for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, this week.  I can never resist a crow.

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Draw a Bird Day: Pinto’s Spinetail

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listen magnetic

Pinto’s Spinetail is an endangered bird that hives in subtropical forest and shrubland in NE Brazil.  Just 2% of native forest remains in this area, and less than 1000 of these birds are currently surviving.  They mate for life, and my favorite fact about them is that “pairs sing in duets to defend their nesting territories”, according to abcbirds.org.

see the forest
as quiet as
no air

listen

song has wandered
away

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This painting is an experiment for me–I’ve been inspired by how Claudia McGill takes the world and simplifies it into color and shape, and this is my first attempt to imitate her approach.  Although she likes to use her paints straight out of the tube, I have to admit I mixed the bird feather color, not having a tube of gouache even close to the right tone.  It felt like painting in layers, and I do like layering.  Although I have a long way to go to reach Claudia’s grasp of the essential shapes of things…

And the Oracle was insightful, as always.

On my way to the beach (although the forecast is for a rainy week).  Nina has promised to keep you entertained while I’m away.

 

Colorful bird/7/8/17

A bird using all colors in the watercolor paintbox. Happy Draw a Bird day!

Sky Dancing

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like calligraphy
skywriting black against blue
clouds and trees dancing

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, gave me a chance to try an idea I’ve been thinking about for awhile.  A few years ago I did a cross-stitch poem on paper, and I was intrigued by the pattern that appeared on the back.  This seemed the perfect opportunity to see what would happen if I tried it over some watercolor collaged together.

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I think I may have overdone it with the stitching, but I can always pull some out; the holes in the paper will make a subtle and interesting pattern too.  I’ll look at it for awhile and think about it.

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Here’s the poem side, with part of the haiku and some patterns (I wanted to try those out as well).

 

Draw a Bird: Crow. 

One of my favorites, these audacious birds jump out of the way just as the car is coming. One flew right over my head the other day. 

Green-Headed Tanager

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The ancient forest
above, fragmented into
isolated gaps

Cursed by poverty of vision–
wings clipped into parts, denied

I chose to paint this bird because of its colors.  The most common tanager in Brazil, it also lives in the humid forest canopy in Paraguay and Argentina.  Although not yet endangered, its population has been decreasing.  What hit me most is the fact that only 8% of its original habitat remains, and the populations are fragmented as a result.  That will surely result in a continued population decline.

The words for my tanka were supplied by the Secret Keeper’s weekly prompt.

Happy Draw a Bird Day!

Draw a Bird Day: Blue Jay

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blue on blue–feathers
echoing sky holding sun
as wings scatter light

Blue Jay feathers are not really blue, but appear so because of the way the light reflects off of them.  At least that’s what all the bird websites say…

I am on call for Federal Jury duty the next 2 weeks.  Not sure what it means for getting anything done, but no electronics allowed in Federal Court–including phones–and I have to call every night to see if I need to show up the next day.  I may be around, or not.

The birds have been extra-present around here this spring…I can hear them waking the day right now.  Happy Draw-a-Bird Day!

Rooster Skull (Draw a Bird Day)

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What creates
this form, measured
perfectly
and complete,
a structure to hold a mask
adorned with feathers?

The outline
sits naked, revised,
unconcealed,
redirected
to death.  Not malevolence–
the shadow of time.

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Well, we couldn’t miss draw-a-bird-day, could we?  Continuing with the Year of the Rooster, two views of a rooster skull.

I also didn’t want to miss National Poetry Month; last year I managed to post a poem every day, but obviously I won’t be doing that in 2017.  I have an idea for a series involving dots and magnetic poetry, so I’ll start that on Monday (I hope).  And next week I’ll try to catch up on what everyone has been up to.  Happy weekend! and happy Draw-A-Bird-Day!

Draw a Bird (skulls)/4/8/17

My offering for bird day: the distinctive bird skull. No mistaking what animal this is with the long beak. 

A couple of other ones:

Happy Draw a Bird day!

Draw a Bird (3). 

I had been thinking about Draw a Bird day  but when I saw Kerfe’s rooster I sat down with paint. This family came out (birds) but I realized it was also a metaphor for my current family dynamic (three adults, one with ADD, living in a small nest). It does make me go up to my art room and paint more so there’s that. Anyway, happy Draw a Bird day, honored tradition on WordPress, and a shout out to all the great people who “flock” here.