18 x 24 inch – charcoal

Today, a personal favorite of small round birds: the wren. Ok, I might be biased as a quite small and increasingly round human, but these little friends rock.

Bubbly and energetic, just like their songs. Look for House Wrens hopping quickly through tangles and low branches and, in spring and summer, frequently pausing to deliver cheerful trilling songs.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

I hope you’re having an excellent day. Sending hugs your way.

Cheers, R.

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18 x 24 inch – charcoal and ink

Hello friends, I drew a thing again! It’s been too long! And it’s another small round bird: a warbler. He is very, very pleased to meetcha.

The male Chestnut-sided Warbler sings two song types; one is accented at the end, the other is not. The first is used before the arrival of the females and in the early nesting cycle. The second is used mostly in territory defense while the birds are raising young.
Males that only sing one song type appear to be less successful at attracting mates than males that sing both songs. The early-season song has a musical quality with an emphatic ending, sometimes interpreted as “very very pleased to meet cha!”

American Bird Conservancy

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Put a bird on it.

Hello friends! I have a bunch of cards ripe for the purchasing! When was the last time you sent someone you love a card? Why not send em a nice bird? Shoot me a message and I’ll ship em your way!

5 x 7 inch blank cards!
$6 individually
$20 for a pack of all four birds
$35 for two packs of all four birds

I have cards available for most everything on my site, so give me a shout if you’d like any other designs or prints or originals.

Please oh god trying to sell art is terrifying and I’m broke how do people do this help

I hope you are having a fantastic day! Cheers, R.

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Bushtit in charcoal – 18 in x 24 in

Another tiny round bird (to follow the golden-crown kinglet and junco)! Bushtits are very noisy and chattery small friends. They have a lot to talk about I guess. Like cracking jokes about their fantastic name. To protect their dignity, I guess I’ll mention that the “tit” part comes from the Old Icelandic “titr” meaning something small. They also weave fancy hanging nests.

10/10 top notch bird.

Shout out to my mom, who loves the bushtit and taught me to identify it (even if I can’t quite draw it right). Except I keep pretending that I don’t recognize what type of bird it is just to get a chuckle from my lovely, excitable mom saying “bushtit” over and over. Hi mom, I love you.

$3 Stickers / Prints

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Junco in charcoal and colored pencil – 18in x 24in

Juncos are all over here up in Seattle and have plenty of personality. Top notch bird.

Juncos are flocking birds with a distinct social hierarchy. They forage on the ground in these groups, scratching with their feet to find food. The flash of white tail feathers serve as a signal that alerts members of the flock when one is alarmed.

$3 stickers / prints

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Golden-crowned Kinglet – charcoal and colored pencil – 18 in x 24 in

This fellow is the Golden-crowned Kinglet, and he is quite small and tough. I have yet to see one in person, but I hope to some day since they live around here near Seattle.

One of our tiniest birds, the Golden-crowned Kinglet is remarkable in its ability to survive in cold climates. Nesting in northern forest, wintering throughout much of the continent, it is usually in dense conifers which undoubtedly help provide shelter from the cold.

Audubon.org

Tell me about your favorite birds?

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Nothing too wild and exciting today, just some practice in vine charcoal and some of my bird friends.

Want to do a big, pretty piece of one of these guys soon, because I think they’re just fantastic tiny, round beasts, but something about their shape is just so hard for me draw. Anyone have suggestions on resources for learning to them?

Shoutout to a couple of my bird friends that pop by my window for peanuts.

This is Balthazar – he and his mate know the whistle I use to call them in, and respond with a unique call of their own. They recently had three babies, and they all come hang out with me when I’m in the yard. And sometimes follow me down the street to the cafe. 10/10, top notch birds. And congrats on your new family, crow friends.

This guy and his buddy have recently started trying to take over my house from the crows as their own territory. Stellar’s Jays’ blue feathers are remarkable in the sun. And their punk rock mohawks are pretty spectacular. 10/10, top notch birds.

Tell me about your favorite birds? Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and enjoying creating/capturing beautiful things.

I have $3 stickers for sale now! (There’s also some prints and cards, too.)

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I drew this with charcoals. I don’t like using my words, but here’s me trying.

Last night I had a dream that rats overtook the place where I lived.

They were chewing through the window screens on both floors of my house.

We tried to keep them out as long as we could but had to flee and watch them invade our home.

They were coming up the stairs and gnawing through the floorboards and breeding in the closets.

They were too fast and too many to keep in my sight.

My home is a Thing they were not allowed to enter

Or to be inside of

Or to feel that they had a right to make their own

Or make themselves comfortable in.

I called my family.

They showed me how to quickly snap the rats’ necks.

I didn’t like doing that. I am gentle and love animals and my family.

They told me that was the most painless way to destroy an animal.

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an egg whose yoke defies child bearing hips