Monday, May 20

American Robin

I just can't let another Spring pass by without adding an
American Robin design to my watercolor collection!
They are the first feathered friends to return to us in the Springtime~ 
Happy, bouncing & singing their cheery songs!

This nest is several years old... it stays protected beneath a class cloche~

Oodles of photographs from 2003 when momma & her brood were
next to our front door in the climbing Ivy! Wonderful reference material~
We had to prop the nest & Ivy as they began getting "chubby!"

My favorite reading~

Can never have enough bird books!
My favorites are  from 1917, 1911, 1951 and 1897!!
I am gentle with them as they have been  WELL LOVED by others~
They share such sweet details about behavior & personality.
Old books talk to me about birds instead of listing "stats" like a ballplayer card.

I find the rare books at library book sales, antique shops & thrift stores.
How thrilled I am that people have preserved them for years!

Hope your week is off to a creative start!


Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

One of my favorites ~ we have a robin that returns every year and builds a nest next to our porch ~ so much fun to watch when she lays eggs and when those adorable babies appear!!!
I know this one is going to be a joy to watch unfold!!!
Can't wait to see the rest!
Prim Blessings

Debbie Nolan said...

I too love old books - so many boast lovely illustrations. The robins are certainly one of those lovely early spring gifts God sends us. Have a happy day creating.

Tammie Lee said...

your nest is looking gorgeous!

Createology said...

Your research really adds to the reality of your drawings. Simply stunning way to preserve such precious nature. Blissful...