Laurasjoquist's Blog

arts, crafts, photography, and joy

Great Blue Heron-

great blue heron

Illustration of a Great Blue Heron made with sharpie and prismacolor markers.

Advertisements
Leave a comment »

New Paintings-Finally

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

I will be showing new work at Gallery 317 for Rockford First Fridays in February.

Friday February 6th, 2015 will be a great night to hang out in downtown Rockford.  Eat local and shop local!  If you can’t make it Friday, my work will be up through the rest of the month.

Leave a comment »

My personal interptetation of the passenger pigeon

image

Leave a comment »

Sketch # 10 2nd attempt passenger pigeon. Better.

image

Leave a comment »

New Work

I am currently working  on a new piece I am calling Bird Journal.  I found an old type set drawer at an antique store and a book about old houses at the library book sale and went from there.  I could go into how this work is a commentary on the destruction of habitat for migratory songbirds.  But I usually like my works to speak for themselves, and  let the viewer get what they need out of it.  It’s not finished, but I think it is probably close.

image

Leave a comment »

Top 10 birds

I thought for fun this year I would also list my top 10 birds for the year. I ended the year with 108 (different) birds, bring my life list total up to 131.

Top 10 Birds of 2013

1.Royal Tern- We saw these in Florida.  They always face into the wind.  And that’s cool.

2.Dark Eyed Junco- I put a feeder in the backyard this year, and (in conjunction with the neighbor’s large pine trees) have been enjoying a cold weather visit from these cute little birds.

3. Bufflehead- Jack and I spent a day in early spring birding at Rock Cut State Park and found buffleheads on the lake.  How can you not like something called a bufflehead?

4. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher- Of the small birds, these are my favorite.  I spent a pleasant (but short) time watching them make a nest this year.

5. Ruby Crowned Kinglet- I started volunteering this year as a net checker at the bird banding station near our house.  This was the first bird I removed on my own from the net.

6. American Coot-  Funniest.  Bird.  Ever.

7.  Palm Warbler-  I had never even heard of this warbler until I saw one at the bird banding station.  And then I saw them everywhere.  I especially like their little reddish caps.

8. Osprey- I was very excited to see this bird of prey hanging out for a while in Rock Cut State Park

9.Ovenbird- So named because it builds a small kiln shaped nest on the ground.  Also.  Cutest.  Bird.  Ever.

10. And lastly Mountain Bluebird-  We saw these birds on our trip to Colorado this summer. They hung out in our campsite.  They were beautiful.

Leave a comment »