That lovely time of year…

March 20, 2020

A number of years ago I was commissioned to paint a bird watercolour by two sons for their mother for Christmas. Not that familiar with birds, nor familiar with what their mother preferred, they only said, ‘she really likes them’, and so left it to me to choose.

Even now I somewhat cringe inside for having chosen what I did. And I still can’t quite explain why I did–I just did–though I think it is because baby birds are so vulnerable and almost the epitome of innocence.

However, a baby N. American Robin….

‘Juvenile N. American Robin’
watercolour on Arches 140# Cold Press Paper, 7″ x 5″
by Lance Weisser

……is one very ugly little bird, lol.

I never did hear back whether their mother liked it or not, which kind of spoke for itself. But, ugly or not, these little Robins don’t stay that way long as they go about discovering along with us, the joys of new life, renewed warmth, and gardens full of delightful tastes, smells, and colour.

14 Responses to “That lovely time of year…”

  1. Neat… they stand just like that!

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  2. memadtwo said

    Something we can all relate to.

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  3. ….hahahaha–exactly! It’s like, ‘what the hell am I doing out of the nest?’

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  4. memadtwo said

    I like the perplexed look. (K)

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  5. Art Snehal said

    By the way this little birdie is cute and I liked your thought behind choosing a subject.

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  6. Thank you. I admire yours. Keep creating. Creation and creativity is life. Splurge on it.

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  7. …..THANK YOU Mr. Scandling–I admire your work

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  9. Very delicate treatment. Captures the fragility of a fledgling.

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  10. Something endearing about her.

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  11. Haha – we are so self-critical.

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  12. …..awww, V.J., he thanks you (while glaring disapprovingly at me).

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  13. Never met a bird I didn’t like. I think she’s gorgeous.

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