To stay or move on?

How do they know? These teachers

Of deepest instinct.

Art Prescription:  I added to my background from the other day with colored pencil and graphite…

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Pure instinct, the flight

The wave of wing to his mate

And the nest begins.

Art Prescription:  My chickadee batch fledged. And now a pair of blue birds are claiming the box. I adore seeing them messaging each other with subtle wing waves.

Index card with graphite and colored pencil:

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Loads of rich green moss

And soft downy rabbit fur

A chickadee nest.

Art Prescription:  It fascinates me that all birds build different nests. Some use twigs and vines, some nest in tree cavities, others build with leaves, moss, fur, and I’ve even seen a snake skin. What a lot of work these winged friends put into their offspring.

Sumi-ink with my chop that says “hope”

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Leaves shiver in breeze

Cool, grey, wintry, cloudy, sky

Fluffy birds huddle.

Art Prescription:  I can’t think of a better way to end the year than a nature walk with my sketchbook and my love. Just us and our footsteps together for a 25th New Years Eve. Our lives are blessed and happy, and my wish for everyone is to find the simple beauty of each and every day. Oh yea, and make some art! Here’s to 2017!

Sketchbook with pen and graphite:

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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Hops about in bare branches

Shows off scarlet head.

Art Prescription:  Went to hike at Mason Farm today. North Carolina beautiful winter day…partly sunny, in the 50’s. Saw lots of birds, among them this adorable Ruby-Crowned Kinglet.

Index card with colored pencil:

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Dark and cool outside

First light, daybreak, the world turns

Sweet birds morning song.

Art Prescription:  There are a few things worth getting up in the dark for…


High-rise bird condo

Lade-side view for dive, dipping

Purple Martin house.

Art Prescription:  The swallow family. Graceful to watch. 3 x 5 index card sketch

Purple Martin