November 5, 2022

#dailycreating AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2022

Even though at this time (August and September), I was drawing a little more than I had in the winter/early spring months, I still was not up to my old standard of one-a-day. So, once again, I am going to condense my #dailycreating drawings into two months. I am bringing you August and September 2022 today.

As part of Terry Runyan's #dailycreating group, we are strongly encouraged to create something every day and then <if we want> to post it on the group's site. Each week, Terry posts a list of daily prompts for the coming week. The prompts are just suggestions, with Terry telling us to create whatever moves us.

On October 3, a member of the group -- knowing how much I love to draw birds -- asked me if I was going to participate in #birdtober, #birdtober2022. Not knowing of its existence, I was excited to check it out, and, upon seeing the month's prompts, I jumped in with both feet. So, just warning you, for October, you will see birds, birds, birds from me. And since I'd missed the first two days of the challenge, I did Days 1 and 2 after I finished Days 3-31. I didn't miss one day of the challenge -- and enjoyed every single minute of ite.

In fact, . . . hmmm, I will let you in on my plans at the end of this post.

For now, above each of my drawings in this post, I will include the prompt, as well as any other information on my subject matter that you may find interesting.

 #thing on thing

white-crested turaco, africa

#thing on thing
black-crested coquette, mexico/south america

#thing on thing
crested owl, central and south america

#thing on thing
spinifex pigeon, australia

northern cardinal


#thing on thing
sultan tit, asia

javan green magpie, indonesia island of java
critically endangered

#black and gray
peregrine falcon, all continents except antarctica

#world rhino day



#thing on thing
golden-crowned kinglet, north america

And, there you have it.

Now, I will fill you in on my plans. Since I enjoyed #birdtober so much, I set a grand goal for myself. I am going to draw a bird each day for a year. Yes, 365 birds! I spent a few days compiling my list of all these birds from all over the world, typing it up, and cutting them into skinny strips. I then threw all 365 bird names into a big jar. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is randomly choose my bird of the day. I started this on November 3. After I finish writing this post, I will draw my fourth bird for this personal challenge. Gulp. I know this is quite an undertaking, but I think I'm up for it.

If you are on Instagram, where I post my drawings each day, I would love for you to follow me. I can be found under #paperseedlings. 

Please respect that these are my personal drawings and photographs (always seen at the end of each post with a quote). If you ever would like a print, I would be happy to have one (or more?) made for you. Just let me know.


The future belongs to those 
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt -




  1. These are outstanding! Is this done with colored pencil? I've recently begun to try drawing with colored pencils and was feeling pretty good about it (since until the age of 70 I considered myself totally without artistic talent), but yours knock me out!
    Thanks for sharing at

    1. Whoa, thanks so much! I virtually always use Derwent Inktense Pencils. They go on as colored pencils, but become ink when water is added. If I need a really black black, I use either my Copic Black or a #1 Pigma Micron pen. Otherwise, it's usually the Derwents.

  2. Stunning drawings as always! I love all the birds but the cats face is just a picture! I'm curious to know what you do with all your beautiful drawings? Do they stay in your drawing pad or do you frame any?

    1. Thank you so much, Julie, for your kind words. At times, I remove pages from my sketchbook to have prints made when needed. I do have a framed one (giraffe) hanging in my kitchen. I also have many of my framed prints as well as unframed prints for sale in a local boutique. Most of them stay in the sketchbooks all lined up on a bookshelf.

  3. those are stunning! i love the idea of dailycreating. I say i'm not creative but i can be with my paper planners, journals and creating planners and printables. I do enjoy it. stopping by from a little bit of everything party!

    1. Aw, thank you ever so much, Tanya! Yes! Working with your planners, journals and printables is very much dailycreating! We would love to have you join us at Terry Runyan's Daily Creating Facebook group! I hope you stop by Paper Seedlings again soon!

  4. Your drawings of birds and other animals are beautiful! I love how the owl really does look wise. But I think my favorite from this group of drawings is the black-crested coquette.
    Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 41.

    1. Thank you, Carol! I don't know if you read the post, but last Thursday I embarked on a journey of drawing a bird every day for a whole year. I just published Day 8. Fun!

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