Birds have that something that is a little more challenging for me as an artist than most subjects. I am a bird-lover and I guess the main reason why I am attracted to birds, besides their beauty, is their happiness! Painting and photographing birds have filled many of my hours.
The featured image in this post is titled Treetop Tryst, painted in oils. These are common visitors to my garden. Clockwise: Cardinal Woodpecker, African Hoopoe, Hadeda Ibis,and the Crested Barbet. The leafy green frame gives one the sense of looking into the tree.
I admire the determination of birds in their search for food. How they patiently sit on their eggs until the chicks are hatched, after which they spend long periods teaching and waiting for their young to fly. They are bold in the face of danger, and their nest-building abilities are time-consuming and arduous. I love the delightful songs of birds and the energy they have flitting from branch to branch. They are full of the joys of life! They love to live!
“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?" ~ Matt 6. 26-27. TPT
What I learnt from studying and painting birds: Family comes first. Hard work produces best results. Persevere. Failure is part of the process. Be consistent. Happiness is a choice. Lastly, but by no means least, God is my provider.
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