Saturday, 30 March 2013

In My Garden



I was going to take a day off art activities today, ha! The muse rules.



I was having breakfast this morning out in the garden, basking in the balmy autumn sun, when I espied a blackbird.  It wasn’t just any blackbird.  It was the lame blackbird with a withered leg.  I hadn’t seen him all summer and assumed he had gone to bird heaven.  Ever since I had moved into this house 4 years ago he has with his mate visited pecking away at insects and worms that my garden provides.

 I was so happy to see him, I heard some squawking and looked up and sure enough there was his mate on the washing line.  She was squawking a warning!  One of my cats, Bro was meandering along the path; he stopped and went into hunt mode.  Then something miraculous happened!  He suddenly sat up, made a peculiar chirpy noise and the one legged blackbird hopped closer to him and its mate started to sing!

I was speechless; Bro just sat there and watched the little bird hop about collecting bits of worms from the grass.  At one stage they were only about a metre apart and Bro made no effort to hunt it. 

So I had to go inside and do a sketch, well, a couple of hours later the sketch turned into this journal page.
Yes, the muse rules!

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21 comments:

  1. Sharon you did again! And now I must be earnest and ask you to work on some other media, that you can post and send off to customers! This piece is simply great! Yes I'm earnest! :-)
    I want to buy!

    Hugs from Ilona the silly Danish German

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    1. Thank Ilona, you are not silly! Actually I have been thinking only today to do a series of smallish (A4) paintings on canvas boards, They wouldn't be too expensive to post I imagine. I'll experiment and post on it in the near future. I too love this piece and could quite happily do it again on canvas board or perhaps heavy card.

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  2. Sharon! What an adorable picture and a heartwarming story. I admire so much your use of colour. It is rainbowlike. So happy the little bird is well, that has made my day :) BTW Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.

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  3. He's a true survivor, nice painting!

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  4. Love that story and the journal pages are wonderful!

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  5. So glad you let the muse have her way! Wonderful piece and such a great story!

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  6. What an amazing story Sharon! Almost as if they were talking! I love that journalpage that came out of it.

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  7. Love this! It is really fantastic!

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  8. Sharon they must have been friends some where along the line. I love the medium you used great piece of art indeed:)
    Manon x

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  9. Hello Sharon, I love this so much, it has such a style of its own! Lovely colors too! It's different and quite a unique piece, good job you listened to your muse. It all sounds like such a peaceful morning and so sweet! xx

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  10. I love your illustration - those beautiful colours you used and what a fantastic story - I love when animals make friends with each other against what we expect their nature to be!

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  11. we always called that chirping, charming. But I've never heard of a cat and bird becoming buddies! How sweet! I love your painting today and your cool story. Happy Easter!

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  12. This is a wonderful story and the picture you did according to the cute animals scene is fantastic! I love your style so much!

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  13. Great post and love your art creation ~ beautiful! Love it ^_^

    Thanks for visiting and commenting ^_^

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  14. wow, I don't know which I like more - the awesome drawing or the touching story - how about both?

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  15. Beautiful page and a strange, wonderful story to go with it! Thank you! :)

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  16. I love all of the changes you've been making here. Your blue layout is lovely and SO inspiring. Adore your artwork and had to chuckle at your comment, "yes, muse rules!". hee hee

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  17. What a great story. Your art is so quirky too. I wonder if your cat and the bird communicated in some way. It's very fascinating!

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  18. hi Sharon, what a wonderful story. Love your journal page...great artwork. Love the expression on the birds face..it says it all..."don't even think about eating me"... Happy Easter x

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  19. this ia absolut adorale !

    and I am longing for NZ ( in cause of your photoes above) ever since a saw the film " piano " by Jane Campion.

    xxx Susi--
    the new them is online over on
    ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY

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  20. Sharon I love love love this awesome couple...and that story. I feel the love in this piece...soooo cute!! I love the whimsy here...and that perfect moment between the cat and birds!!

    Hugs Giggles

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