Last year while sitting out on my patio I began to take a more intense interest in our local backyard birds here in Southern California. That particular morning they were all flittering and fluttering about and calling out as if to say, “Look at me!...remember, remember?!” A fine dance of the lot of them. I suddenly had that beautiful childhood feeling all over again. The awe, the slowing down and noticing. Recognizing and appreciating all the fragility and all the beauty that I take for granted most days.
'Northern Cardinal' Pencil on sketch pad
'Ash-throated Flycatcher' Pencil on sketch pad.
So it seemed only natural to me to pick up my art supplies and to begin a personal study of birds. I started learning about the conservation of wetlands, grasslands, and endangered habitats. I ordered birding identification books and downloaded bird calls and songs to my Kindle Fire and my cellphone. It has truly become one of the great passions of mine that I know I will enjoy for many years to come!