They do not sow, nor reap, nor gather.

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.

Blue Birds of Happiness. (Starlings). Oil.

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! 

Feathered Friends.Large - Copy
Feathered Friends. Mixed Media on paper. A whimsical painting.
“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
Sunbird on Camellia.Large - Copy
Sunbird on Camellia.  Oil on canvas.  This is a scene from my garden.
Bataleur Eagle. Large - Copy
Bataleur Eagle. Oil. The Bataleur or Short-tailed eagle is one of South Africa’s most beautiful eagles.
Gossip Girls.Small
Guinea Fowl. Mixed Media on paper. These fowl are great subjects for all kinds of art. It must be those spotted feathers!
Purple Crested Lourie (Turaco) Small (2)
Purple Crested Turaco (Lourie). Oil on canvas. In summer the Lourie’s are a pleasure to watch. They are usually on the look out for berries or flying past calling to one another.
What I learnt from studying and painting birds: 
Family comes first.
Hard work produces best results.
Failure is part of the process.
Be consistent.
Happiness is a  choice.
Lastly, but by no means least, God is my provider.

Copyright © Caroline Street. Art, Poetry and Photography. All rights reserved.

9 thoughts on “They do not sow, nor reap, nor gather.

  1. Great paintings! Bird watching is a pleasure of mine as well. I like your list of what you have learned from them, particularly your last point which I have learned as well. Keep up the fine work! Steve.

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  2. Caroline, you art works of birds are spectacular!!! Beautiful birds! I have never seen these birds before.


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