March 4, 2023

#365birds JANUARY 2023

My #365birds project is going really well, and I'm enjoying it all for the most part. Some days it's a little more difficult to get myself psyched up to draw a bird. But, I always manage to get one done.

For those of you who do not know, on November 3, 2022, I embarked on a personal journey to draw a bird each and every day for a year. Thus #365birds was born. Before I began my challenge, I'd typed out and cut into strips the names of 365 birds. Each morning upon waking, I randomly reach for one of the slips. This is the bird for the day.

In this blog post, I will feature 15 of my bird drawings from January 2023. As I always do, I will note the name of the bird above each drawing, as well as any pertinent information I have on each specific bird, usually the area of the world in which the bird can be found.

day 60 - plate-billed mountain toucan

south america

day 61 - southern yellow-billed hornbill
south africa

day 62 - sultan tit

day 63 - emperor penguin

day 66 - hill partridge
foothills of the himalayas

day 71 - green and black fruiteater
subtropical south america

day 72 - ground roller
europe, africa, australia

day 74 - australian ringneck

day 76 - bare-throated bellbird
brazil, paraguay, argentina

day 77 - nightingale
europe and the palearctic

day 80 - helmeted hornbill
brunei, indonesia, malaysia, myanmar, southern thailand

day 81 - seven-colored tanager
northeast brazil

day 86 - cassowary

day 88 - red-backed fairywren
northern australia

day 89 - pale-headed rosella

And there you have it. If you're interrested, I most often use Derwent Inktense Pencils, along with some Posca Pens and Copic Markers. My blacks come from Pigma Micron Pens, as well Derwent Line Makers. 

Please don't make copies of my drawings. If you are interested, contact me and I will have prints made for you.

.No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings
- William Blake -




  1. They're beautiful! Great work!
    Thanks for sharing at

  2. Stunning! I love the shine you get in their eyes. That ground roller one is certainly a handsome fella isn't he?

  3. Ground roller is my favorite -- how colorful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. I'm so glad you like him, Kathleen! I usually do face portraits, but this guy was ever so colorful, how could I just do his face?

  4. Very Nice! Thank you for sharing this with Your Moment Blog Hop!

  5. I enjoyed viewing all of your drawings! #80 is quite interesting looking. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

  6. What a fabulous gallery you're creating!!! So many beautifuls, and you're off on a quest to replicate each one---what a year this will be. I so love the Helmeted Hornbill---such a blend of Dr. Seuss, a zany nutcracker, a Shaman's staff, and a chuckle from God. And what a gift you have---you must wake up every morning and hug yourself with joy for this magnificent talent in your hands.

    1. Omigosh, Racheld! You have literally blown me away -- and made me so happy! -- with all your wonderful words. You can't possibly know how much this means to me. Thank you so much!

  7. I'd tried to describe this to my daughter---the sweet zany creature seemingly made of feathers and tools, and could NOT remember where I saw it. At last---this a.m. on dipping into PS, the memory came back, with the two pink sheep. You're quite welcome---every thought sincere, every kudo deserved. Sending her the link and we'll smile some more.

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words, Racheld! I'm glad you found it.

  8. I enjoyed seeing birds I never heard of before. My favorite was the fairywren. You are very talented!

    1. Why, thank you so much! I am thrilled to be able to discover so many birds I'd never known existed through this challenge!