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Sunday, April 8, 2018

#DrawABirdDay (2018)


Nearly one month ago, on the evening of March 10th, I took a walk through Central Park and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While I was there I met the talented Daniel Lockhart, who was sketching, as seen in the image atop this entry.

Because of some very painful experiences with art teachers in elementary school, my not being able to draw has always made me uneasy. And seeing Daniel in the act of sketching is far from the first time that I've gotten a pit in my stomach when I've witnessed someone drawing.

One of the times this happened to me is when I was on the bank of the Hudson River and saw a girl filling in her drawing with watercolors (as seen in the next picture).


Be that as it may, I told Daniel that I really do not want to replay the negative experiences I had with drawing; but instead heed the wisdom of Les Brown (which was sent to me by Chris Deatherage and can be seen directly below).


In any event, Daniel is on my mind because it's Draw A Bird Day (a holiday created in 1940 to honor the memory of  Dorie Cooper), which is a topic that I've discussed in a prior post here on Blogger.

Within the aforementioned post, I explained that April the 8th, "is an official time to celebrate an unofficial holiday, which dates back to the 1940's and is known as Draw A Bird Day."  

And in that entry I confessed that drawing is not my strength.

I also stated "when it comes to pictures of birds, I'm better off rendering them photographically," which I hope is evident in volume one and volume two of Cam's book series, Words In Our Beak. 


Btw,  just in case you think I'm being humble about not being able to draw a bird, the best I can do can be seen in the next picture...


...where you will notice that I'm not being humble when I say I can't draw a bird: one has to know and accept one's limitations. Besides, there's plenty of people who can draw a bird, and do an exceptional job. Daniel, as well as the unnamed girl on the bank of the Hudson, are probably two of them.

2019 ADDENDUM: 

The digital versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.



Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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