Among my favorite blogs is ArtSnehal. A talented artist originally from India, Snehal paints birds in watercolor, and every one is a delight. I love visiting and seeing her sparrows and sunbirds and penguins… and more.
Of course, when it comes to birds and art blogs, who doesn’t love Janet Weight Reed’s magical hummingbirds? You’ll find them at her blog, My Life as an Artist.
I’ve drawn and painted a few birds, and I plan to draw and paint many more. At the moment, I’m spending a lot of time watching the birds in the backyard of our new home. We’ve seen blue jays and cardinals, finches, wrens, nuthatches, and a woodpecker. We have many red, red robins bob, bob bobbing along, too, mostly in the neighbor’s garden digging up worms.
When we moved here, we found several old birdhouses hanging in the trees and bushes. We’ve taken them down, cleaned them up a bit, and we’ve also put up one of our own. This was a wonderful project for our grandson, Carsen, when he visited over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Carsen chose the colors — a red house, white roof with orange trim, a yellow perch, and green base. Once he had painted the house, we added decorations of little flowers on the sides, using a variety of colors.
Even Grandpa helped out, holding the house while Carsen painted. Afterward, he hung the house in the apple tree. I’m please to say that a little wren has been checking it out. I’m hoping we soon have a bird family moving in!
Each morning and each evening, I step outside and scatter a bit of bird seed for the birds — and the squirrels. Unlike a lot of birders, I don’t object to letting the squirrels have dinner. They’re fun to watch, too, and the birds don’t seem to mind, so why should I?
When my Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers began to wilt a bit, I decided to give them to the birds, too. They looked beautiful, and I think the birds liked the colorful display. I’ve seen many birds coming to eat since I put the flowers out.
Someday I hope to draw and paint many of the feathered friends who visit — and who may someday be living in — our yard.