I really hope that you like birds! Because I have a whole flock for you today!
I'm sure you know by now that I love to draw birds, usually their faces, and usually in profile.
About two months ago, after I'd posted another of my birds onto Terry Runyan's #dailycreating group, a fellow artist in the group asked me if I was going to be participating in #birdtober2022. Not knowing anything about it, I quickly checked it out and . . . I WAS IN! Unfortunately, it was October 3, so I'd already missed the first two prompts, but I jumped in anyway, fully planning on finishing the two birds I'd missed at the end.
And that is what I did!
In this post I am sharing 20 of my OK birds from #birdtober2022 with you. As always, I will note above each drawing what the day's prompt was, as well as any other pertinent information I'd learned about the bird.
northeastern south america
tropical southern asia
four philippine islands
this bird came back from extinction!
yellow-crowned night heron
central US to north of south america
everywhere except antcartica
And, that's it for #birdtober2022.
I have to be honest here. I truly enjoyed being enmeshed with birds every single day for a whole month. Thus, I decided to take on a humongous challenge for myself. I haven't been able to find anything like this on the Internet. Perhaps it's out there, but I am not aware of it. Anyway, I have set up a challenge for myself and I have named it #365birds. Yes, you read that correctly. I am going to draw a bird every.single.day for a YEAR!
I spent a few days compiling a list of 365 birds. Once I had my list, I typed them all up, printed out the document,, and cut them into 365 skinny pieces of paper. I put my bird name slips into a nice-looking glass jar. Every morning, I fluff them all up in the jar and select one at random. And that's the bird of the day for me.
Since November 3, this has been my new place in life -- in love with a year-long challenge. Do you think I will be able to complete this?
Next month, I will share with you a selection from my first month of birds. How thrilling, eh?
Remember that if you would like a priint of any of my drawings, don't print it out or anything like that. This is my original art. I will gladly have a print made for you. Just let me know!
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,
life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
- Langston Hughes -