Saturday, 11 July 2015

Birds and Russian Doll Update

For a long time now I have wanted to feature birds in my artwork. A couple of works containing a bird have made it on to my blog but on the whole I am not comfortable with my results.

So I have decided get some practice in by drawing some studies of birds. I am not aiming for true to life birds more 'artsy' birds (if you know what I mean.) But I think you need to start practicing with something near the real thing to get the feel of the birds shape.

I have seen  a book on-line on how to sketch birds so I am thinking of starting there. My regular blog friends will know how I love an excuse for ordering new artsy books. I wish I could have them ALL!!!!!......... now I'm getting carried away.

Here is a quick drawing I did for starters.

I copied the shape from a little pocket book on garden birds I bought a while back intending to use it to practice drawing birds but the pictures are a little too small. I chose my own colours. Once again I used oil pastel.

A little while ago I mentioned I was going on a day trip to Bowness in the Lake District here in the UK. While I was there I bought this little journal by Kelly Rae Roberts. On the cover is an example of the type of bird I would like to create in my artwork.

It is described as a journal but is more of a note book as it has lined  paper in it.

I also mentioned in that post that in Bowness there was a shop that sold a vast array of Russian Dolls. I just wanted to say that if there is any of you making a mad rush up there to see them I am afraid I was very disappointed as there is only a handful in the shop now.

The Lake District in Cumbria is such a beautiful place especially on a lovely sunny day but the British weather, being what it is, you have to take pot luck and unfortunately even though we have had some really hot weather here recently on the day of our trip it was a rainy day. However the rain does not seem to dampen the tourists spirits as this photo of people queuing up on the jetty to  go for a sail on the Lake shows.

It made me giggle.



  1. A beautiful starter Carol! Birds are also my favourites for stamping, drawing and painting--so much fun to do them!
    What a fab photo with all this!

  2. Gorgeous! I love artsy birds!!!! I look forward to seeing your creations!

  3. Gorgeous! I love artsy birds!!!! I look forward to seeing your creations!

  4. I am so delighted you are stretching yourself and trying something new. Your artsy bird is wonderful. Birds are super subjects for mixed media as you can majesty them a rainbow of colours.

  5. What a lovely post, Fuzzie! The Lake District is the wettest place in England! Love all the umbrellas. That's a great shot. Your little bird is delightful, and I adored your fat little robin a while back too! It's a shame that most of the Russian dolls have gone. A couple of years ago at the Devon County Show there was a huge stand full of them and they were amazing. I've got a couple and love them.


  6. Your wee bird is very lovely and I would be more than happy to produce a feathered friend so well. Glad you had e lovely trip to Bo'ness {{Hugs}}

  7. It makes me smile too, both the picture of the umbrellas AND your little bird!

  8. Your wee bird is sweet and your last picture really is amazing all the Umbrella users.

    Hoovering on the bridge.

  9. I think you might really enjoy this video if you are looking to find your own style of bird. I love this guy he is generous in sharing tips!!
    Love all the umbrellas that could also be seen in Vancouver B.C. I always say our weather parallels yours!! Wonderful start!!

    Hugs Giggles