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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. 

It’s still the Year of the Rooster (Draw a Bird Day)

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The crown of red
set on your little head
is charged with all your fighting blood.

Yes, that excrescence
makes a most virile presence,
plus all that vulgar beauty of iridescence.

–Elizabeth Bishop, “Roosters”
In honor of International Women’s Day, an excerpt from a poem by the wonderful Elizabeth Bishop.  You can read the entire work here.
March Rooster Fact:  This Year of the Rooster contains a leap month, to catch up the lunar calendar with the solar calendar.  So it will be 384 days long.
Drawing in Neocolors, smudged with wet paper towels.

Draw a Bird Day: Red Rooster

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“Watch out strange kind people
Little Red Rooster is on the prowl”
–Howlin Wolf, interpreting Willie Dixon

This embroidered painting was inspired by a Mexican Carnival mask and the blues, and also in honor of the Year of the Rooster.

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Red as a rooster. Red
as a heart that bleeds with
fire.  Red as the rose
that blooms inside the heart’s desire.
Red as the anger that
is trapped inside the flame.  Red
as the burning blood that
saturates the vein.  Red red.  Red.

The poem uses the red rooster as a starting point.  I finally managed to do a quadrille properly:  44 words.  The rhymes just happened.

Happy Draw-A-Bird Day!

Draw a Bird: 2/8/17

When I saw a picture of this wild looking creature I knew I had found my subject for today. It’s a crazy multi colored bird with some well placed dots. Nature: the best artist. 

Just in case you were wondering here is the photo (from a Facebook bird group):

Cygnus

 

cygnus-collage-s2crossing north
on the road of souls
healing moon
reflects a
golden swan dreaming music
in between the stars

Many Native American tribes consider the Milky Way to be the pathway where souls travel to the spirit world.  The Northern Cross, part of the constellation Cygnus, points towards the Milky Way.

swan river

Sue Vincent’s luminous and mysterious photo prompt this week gave me another reason to consider the stars.

Swans are symbols of transformation.  They have been seen as forms of souls, messengers between worlds that accompany souls on their journey, or even shape-shifted angels.  “Swan song” is not just a random expression–it comes from the belief that swans sing a beautiful song whenever someone dies.

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American Bald Eagle/Draw a Bird Day 1/8/2017

Done from a shot by a friend of mine who was lucky to see one in our area. I’ve seen a lot of hawks and turkey vultures but have never seen an eagle. Happy Draw a Bird Day!

Parrot (Draw a Bird Day)

parrot-s

Parroting

Language becoming
noise words without meaning
footnotes to the air

Answers taken given
traded for babble

Particles of lies shared
on repeat screeching
chaos manifested

I meant to write a quadrille (44 words) with the secret keeper’s words this week, but I wasn’t paying attention really, and the “6-5-6-5-6-5-6-5” I wrote down beside each line became syllables instead of words.  I also meant it to be more about the birds. I used all the words though!

Now to the subject at hand:  The parrot is painted with the new gouache I got for Christmas.  I wanted to do something bright and colorful to start, and a parrot seemed the perfect subject.

Parrots are symbolically associated with voices, words, communication, and the power of truth.  They do not keep secrets.  They are also linked to color magic.  And, like many birds, they serve as messengers between heaven and earth.

They are also endangered, due to habitat loss and the pet trade.  These intelligent sub-tropical birds can live 80-100 years; a pet parrot is a lifetime investment, requiring enormous amounts of attention, care, and intellectual stimulation to thrive.  Needless to say, both birds and humans are better served by leaving these social animals in their natural habitats, and protecting those habitats.

Turkey Vulture

Not the prettiest bird but he gets the job done. 

Hawk/Dove (Draw a Bird Day)

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Messenger of souls–
swift raptor or calming breath?
The inner eye, seeking–
waiting for visions combined–
wings replacing fear with hope.

In myth and story, and as symbol, both hawks and doves serve as messengers from the spirit world.

American Kestrel (Draw a Bird Day)

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perched in place, sharply
focused, air
still with wings waiting

to lift firmament
into flight–
slow pace of silence

broken—klee klee
klee—chiming
the time of pursuit

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The 8th of each month is draw-a-bird-day, and I’ve done the American Kestrel for September, influenced by my recent reading of “H is for Hawk”.  The kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, and one of the most colorful, often used as a beginner’s bird for falconry.

The poem uses the secret keeper’s words this week:
PLACE – SHARP – CHIME – FIRM – PACE

kestrel-neocolor-s

Laura at CreateArtEveryday usually hosts draw-a-bird-day, but she’s been MIA for about a month…

Art, from top to bottom:  pencil drawing, gouache painting, neocolor drawing (with water).