An Observant Cardinal: in watercolor and charcoal By: Mary Champagne
January 25, 14: My daughter did not feel well today and in my concern for her, I just could not seem to do any of the things that I was suppose to. When she had decided I could leave her side, I went to work on some birds. I was inspired to do a pendant. This past week, in the evening just before falling to sleep, I have been reviewing bird images, thinking about just what sort of bird poses and gestures would communicate best on a pendant. (A pleasant task.) I have been excited by the idea of *wearing* a framed delicate bird. Through a process all my own, I used charcoal and watercolors to create the image, then preserved and framed this one. Using up-cycled chains, I created a necklace from which the pendant will hang. I am excited by the results and will wear it this week to check the preserving process, but thus far I am hopeful.
Jan. 6, 2014: It is a cold and blustery day, in such a way that concerns me and makes me want my family to stay in one place and be safe. It is reported that this cold snap will be gone by the end of the week and this brings a sense of relief. Before our winter storm, we put out seed for the birds, but since it arrival the birds are all staying tight to their shelter.
In staying close to home, my daughter and I have spent a lot of time together. Ordinarily our days are full, something we have no complaint with. It has been nice to have the time to talk about nothing and spend time together without distraction. I like her and like to hear what she has too say. She tells good stories and did an excellent theatrical performance of, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late”, authored by Mo Williams.
Without distraction I have managed a couple of hours on this picture. It has been a pleasure to draw and hope it will be done by spring!
A bird’s development on a cold and blustery day. Charcoal on pastel paper, by Mary Champagne
Blue Bird’s Beginnings in Charcoal
Jan. 1, 2013: It was pointed out to me today that I am not being attentive and why do I interject where I do and when I choose not too. Well, I have no answer and I still don’t have one. Why do the things I do? It is apart of my nature. Can one change their nature? Why change it? Can a person have a bad nature? Of course I am working on this blue bird. This one which will take weeks to complete. It too is my shortcoming and will consume my time. I will pursue this little creature and what it brings to the end. I can not help myself nor it.