Tag Archives: Birds

Creative Juice #201

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Creative Juice #201

 

Lots of artistic stuff.

Mockingbird Blues

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Mockingbird Blues

I’ve now experienced everything.

Last week I was bullied by a bird.

I was minding my own business, walking Ralph, when a bird started trash-talking me. I tried whistling at her, but that just made her hopping mad. I continued on my way—and she dive-bombed me!

From the marking on her wings, I guessed she must be a mockingbird. (Thank you, Hunger Games movies, for giving me that bird-identification frame of reference.) I know birds can get aggressively protective of their nests when they have little ones, but there are lots of trees in my neighborhood, and I have no idea which one she calls home.

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There she is, in my neighbor’s tree, bad-mouthing me.

On the way back from our walk, we navigated the entire cul-de-sac. Bad idea. Mrs. Bird snuck behind me and whomped me on the back. (All right, she weighs two ounces, but I felt that!)

Every day for an entire week, that birdie terrorized me. I tried talking tough to her (“Don’t you dare bother me!”), I shook my keys at her, I wore a floppy hat. Nothing stopped her from swooping at me from behind.

There were two mornings when my plans included doing yardwork. I couldn’t—I was too afraid.

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Yeah, she looks innocent, but she’s terrifying.

I haven’t seen her this week. Maybe her eggs hatched and she’s busy feeding her babies? Maybe her babies died because she spent so much time chasing me that the babies starved? I don’t know what changed. It’s a mystery of life.

Creative Juice #171

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Creative Juice #171

 

 

 

First CJ of 2020!

 

 

Creative Juice #160

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Creative Juice #160

A feast for the eyes, a banquet for the heart.

Wordless Wednesday: Birdie Birdie in the Tree

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Creative Juice #113

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Creative Juice #113

Articles curated especially to enhance your creativity.

Guest Post: Sketchbook Thursday! Indigo Buntings by Lindsay Weirich

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A big thank you to Lindsay Weirich of The Frugal Crafter Blog for this wonderful watercolor tutorial. I just love looking over her shoulder while she paints. She makes it look so easy!

Hi friends!  I had so much fun painting these birds in my sketchbook!

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Watch the video to see the time-lapse!

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Creative Juice #73

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Creative Juice #73

Some inspiring examples, and some silly stuff.

  1. Merging wood and glass.
  2. Masterful quilts.
  3. An artist’s process.
  4. End of the year reading list. Hurry up.
  5. Lovely embroidery kits.
  6. So it may really be true that you know stuff in your gut.
  7. Berlin is on my bucket list. Is it on yours? Here are the best places to take fabulous photographs.
  8. I love this artist. Sketches from Portugal.
  9. Beautiful photographs of birds.
  10. Quirky graffiti artist goes to Bethlehem.
  11. Christmas photography project.
  12. And one last silly Christmas-themed photo collection.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

My offerings for CB&W, taken on a recent trip to the Gilbert Riparian Reserve. The white birds are snowy egrets; the dark one is a great blue heron; all taken from a distance.

ICAD Day 38: The Cardinal

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ICAD Day 38: The Cardinal

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I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month. For the rest of July, I intend to paint a little watercolor every day, just big enough to fit on an index card. Search for the hashtags #icad2016 and #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media if you would like so see what other participants are doing.