They do not sow, nor reap, nor gather.

This post was originally published on 7/9/2017.  Updated on 15/10/2018.

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 is titled ‘Starlings’.  Oil on canvas.

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Treetop Tryst.  Oil on canvas.  These are common visitors to my garden. Clockwise:  Hadeda Ibis, Crested Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker and the African Hoopoe.

I admire the determination of birds in their search for food; how they patiently sit on their eggs until the young 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! 

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Feathered Friends. Mixed Media on paper. A whimsical painting.

Bird watching inspires me and I am always reminded of  the following biblical verse:

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?”   (Matt 6. 26-27 (Amplified Bible) 

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Sunbird on Camellia.  Oil on canvas.  This is a scene from my garden.


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Bataleur Eagle. Oil on Canvas. The Bataleur or Short-tailed eagle is one of South Africa’s most beautiful eagles.
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Guinea Fowl. Mixed Media on paper. These fowl are great subjects for all kinds of art. It must be those spotted feathers!
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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: 

Hard work produces best results.


Failure is part of the process.

Be consistent.

Family comes first.

Happiness is a  choice.

Lastly, but by no means least, God is my provider.

My Website.

The same painting, but two different results.

Royal the Rooster, has a makeover.





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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