Sunday, 12 June 2011
As I was drawing the egg in pencil I tried to record the patterns and shapes accurately. I think the book explained it beautifully as specks, spots, streaks, blotches and scribbles. My painted egg shell also shows the colour with a greenish tinge so we are fairly certain it is the egg of an Oyster catcher. Then I selected five of the striped feathers also collected from the shore last weekend. I used my acrylic inks and a sable brush again. It is a nice collection and makes a lovely page for week 23.
Today is wet and grey, with the wind whistling through the house. The tide has been up and as it is such a wet afternoon I am glad to be sat by the fire, yes a fire in June! There is little or no view as the low mist hangs over the shore. I just added the finishing touches to my feathers and photographed the page.
It made me think about all the birds here in the estuary, each one starting their life as an egg. It is hard to believe how this egg survived in a nest on the ground, with dangers of other birds, dogs, sheep, humans and the weather. Of course the sea eventually washed this egg and left it in the tide line where it was found. We hope it had hatched and survived.
In the past we have stumbled upon a nest, usually in a slight hollow in the ground and there we would be delighted to see three or four eggs. This is when you realise how those specks, spots, and blotches are so important as camouflage, the eggs just disappear into the background with such clever colouring. When we were younger, we found many more than we do today. Despite the dangers, young chicks must survive as we have a healthy population here.
As the sun was shining, I did my walk on Friday evening and saw many different birds, bird calls filled the air. I collected a handful of feathers, black and white ones from the Oyster catchers and lots of different duck feathers, the striped Curlew feathers and long grey ones with black tips belonging to the gulls.
The feathers are evidence of the many birds which live and visit here. Again I find it fascinating to think of how the birds fly with the aid of their feathers. Each feather specially shaped to be part of the intricately shaped wing, each one beautifully coloured to make up patterns on the birds. So when I find them I marvel at nature, so clever, so perfect how it designs.
Hope you like my little design for week 23.
Thank you for the lovely comments, I love to read them and appreciate you spending the time writing them. So if you are visiting let me know. Millyx
ps. I have just opened an Etsy shop, I intend to put some little originals for sale soon.
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, June 12, 2011