Bird Inspiration 9: the Gouldian Finch

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I saw the ever colourful Gouldian Finch at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park here in Vancouver. It’s a pretty small conservatory but neat nonetheless.  I took a photo and this is the resulting drawing.

Something I recently realized is that these bird drawings are not part of my art journaling process as I first thought. They are, instead, a project of its own. A drawing practice project, an exploration project. Last Sunday I went to the first session of a drawing course I’m taking at Emily Carr. I think it will be very good for me as it is encouraging me to explore mark making and other fundamentals of drawing in a way I might not have approached on my own. So I continue to wonder how this project will evolve.

The beauty of drawing these birds is that I can, if I wish,  use them in my art journaling process too–seen below in an art journal page.

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By the way, in the early mornings when I work in my art journal I have been tuning in to meditation music on You Tube. There is one particular offering, that is three hours long! In the mornings, I am now favouring having this music in the background instead of just silence. It is definitely soothing. I’ve never tried meditation but lately it’s really on my mind, so perhaps listening to meditation music is one way to nudge me into actually trying the practice.

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  • Hi Laura – I’m so happy I found your bird project and your work from your comment in the 30 Day Journal Project. I am wanting to draw more, get more comfortable with drawing, and I find much resistance. I love this approach you’ve taken, and will be thinking about how I might adopt it in some way for the practice I wish to create for myself. Thanks for sharing your beautiful birds!

  • Laura

    Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I’m always glad to hear that what I share inspires someone because as you know this is such a personal process. So thank you so much for saying so!