Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Monday, September 13, 2010

On My Back Door-Step #9

White Berries for the Birds (#9)
Watercolor on paper 11in x 15in

It's been chilly for the past few nights. I guess the birds know that it's time to get ready for their winter migration, and they have been descending on the trees and bushes fattening up on berries and bugs.
I have been watching this particular red osier dogwood bush for several days. There have been mixed flocks of adult and juvenile robins, white crowned sparrows, fox sparrows, juncos, chickadees and yellow warblers, and probably more birds that I haven't identified. It's comical to watch the smaller birds zoom in between the branches and the huge robins shake out the entire bush searching for berries and bugs. Those robins can manage to get an entire white berry into their beaks at a time, all the while bouncing around on a bent-over branch.
It's a great comedy to watch!


Patty said...

Greetings Friend! Love this piece. Is it me, or are you becoming more comfortable with this assignment? There is a surety about this piece that is wonderful to see!

Mavis said...

Thanks! There really is something to be said for "A Change is as good as a Rest," and this challenge has been a real change for me. I am noticing things that are very different for me as I am working.
I can't wait to see how much more I learn doing the rest of this series.
I appreciate your comments!

Leisa said...

I loved how the berries stood out so bright white and I could almost reach into the picture and pick them :)