Shake your tail feathers!
This little wren is shaking it’s tail feathers in honor of Spring approaching, as am I!
This is a very simple 5-minute “study” of sorts in brush strokes using my BRANDY NEW Rekab 320S #2 squirrel hair brush! Oh what a glorious, lovely brush it is! This brush came on the recommendation of Debi Riley as her “go-to” brush, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, the only place I could find it was in an art store halfway across the world in Australia (where Debi happens to live), called Art Scene.
So order it I did, and then I waited, and waited, and waited. Patience is not one of my virtues. It really only took about ten (loooooooooong) days. I practically hugged Cliff, our mailman, when he brought it last week. Between my excitement and Charlie’s leaping out to see him, Cliff got the greeting of the prodigal son. He laughed about my paint brush coming from the other side of the world and my excitement over it, and he spent a minute or two giving Charlie some pets and scratches and a morsel or two of his lunch pretzels (yep – Charlie has weasled his way into Cliff’s heart too!).
I can’t wait to have more time to play with this lovely, wonderful brush, but I am traveling this week for work, so it must wait. What I was trying to do, however, with this, was to be very deliberate with my brush strokes and create an impressionistic version of a wren. I love the freedom with this brush to create swooshes and thick washes as well as the tiniest of lines like the feet and beak and even a small dot of an eye. One brush for every stroke, line, dot, and splash! Swoon!
Wishing you the simple joys today – like the chirping of a bird…
or small gifts like a paintbrush brought by the mailman from the other side of the world…
or nibbles of pretzels and ear scratches from a thoughtful mailman to a loving dog.
Cherish the moments!
Cheers & Hugs,