Griffin Vulture

2010.8.1 Griffon VultureThe weekend I drew this bird, I was attending the bachelorette party weekend of a college friend. We were staying at her family’s cabin and drinking wine (well, everyone except my pregnant self) and just generally having a lovely time. I woke up early and drew this bird at the kitchen counter while most of the other girls were still sleeping.

While I was drawing, the “best woman” was making breakfast one-handed with her six-month-old on her hip. After I finished the drawing, I watched her move gracefully around the kitchen, awed by her efficiency. With an impending baby on the way, I was panicking about my own readiness, and it seemed unreal that she was so sure of herself, so confident. She made it look so easy. Wide awake without coffee? One-handed cooking? Who was this domestic goddess? I finally said something dumb like, “Wow, you make it look so easy.” She looked up at me with a piercing look and said, “If you’re done drawing, you could take the baby. Or help me make coffee.”

Duh. I felt like an idiot. But as a mother now, I get it. I do. You just do it because you have to. You sling the baby (or heavy toddler) on your hip to keep her from crying and you just keep doing what needs to be done. But bystanders beware: When they say it takes a village to raise a child, what they really mean is “Get off your fat ass and help, because you still have two hands free.”


Orange Billed Sparrow

2010.7.31 Orange Billed Sparrow


Lately, I can’t think of sparrows without hearing Neko Case’s gorgeous “Maybe Sparrow.” The video is beautifully animated. Although it bothers me that the bird of prey depicted is an owl, when the line clearly says “Maybe sparrow you should wait, The hawks alight till morning.”

Ah, me and my literal-mindedness.

Chinstrap Penguin

2010.7.28 Chinstrap Penguin


This bird was from a National Geographic article. I can’t remember why he was running. But penguins don’t generally “run” – they just look too silly on land.

Whooping Crane

2010.7.23 Whooping Crane


I grabbed this image from National Geographic, a special on cranes. I like the bird depicted, but my execution leaves much to be desired. It feels stiff. Also, the painter’s tape I used to stick this drawing to my living room walls has left a small blue line along the top edge.