Above: Recent finch sketch made at the nursing home aviary. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolors in a small Hahnemühle pocket notebook—my regular journal was at home.
I started the week writing about taking every small moment you can find for sketching animals from life, so I'll continue it here with this sketch made recently while visiting Dick's parents.
Over the years I've noticed that recovery facilities almost always have aviaries. When you help care for two elderly people you spend a lot of time in such facilities and I think of this feature as a plus, not just for residents, but for me. Sketching birds even for a couple minutes, especially when the weather changes and it's not as easy to spot birds outside or stand in the wind and sketch, returns me to balance.
Left: Here's another finch from the summer. I carry this small notebook in my bag to take notes at doctor's meetings with the folks, but it's also useful for these quick sketches. And over time they provide a record of the birds that have passed through the aviary. This little guy is no longer with us. He was a rabble rouser, and a bit arrogant and aggressive, but inquisitive. I miss his pugnacious spirit, but I'm sure his "roommates" give him not a thought. A comment on life.
No matter where your day takes you today I hope you take advantage of the bright flickers of movement that catch your eye—stop and actually savor them; even if you don't have your regular journal with you.