American Avocet

2010.6.5 American Avocet

This guy looks like a snob, with his upturned beak. Between the upturned beak and the black and white feathers, I find myself anthropomorphizing him into a snooty waiter, like at an upscale French restaurant.


2010.5.27 Magpie

I call my daughter “Magpie” now. During the year I drew the birds, I never thought of this. But it seemed such a natural nickname once she was born.


2010.5.23 Flamingo


I hate this bird. This may officially be the ugliest, most rushed bird I drew the whole year.

We had gone out for dinner and a concert with friends, and we got home at 2am. I was hot, sweaty, and tired from dancing like a maniac. (Side note: one of the nice things about getting older is that I don’t give a rat’s ass anymore about what I look like on the dance floor. I’m not trying to impress anyone and I’ll likely never see most of these other people again, so I don’t care. I have been told that this inhibition makes me a better dancer than I have ever been. Oh, how I wish I could have learned this lesson sooner and enjoyed larger chunks of my youth.) But I wasn’t going to miss another day of my drawing project, dammit! So I drew this hurried atrocity before crawling under the covers. Ugh. He is horrible. I am sorry, little flamingo. You cannot compare to your brothers, not even the other rushed flamingo I drew in January.