Daily Practice - Hawk's Feather?

5:53 PM

I'm back and almost as good as new! I finally managed to get a brush in my hand today and keep it there and it feels so good! As always, Nature gifted me with a treasure on my recent walk outside. I found this cute little feather while I was strolling around about dusk. It was the first time I'd been out of the house since Monday! I am not at all sure that it's a hawk's feather, but Chris and I both thought it was independently before we discussed it. Maybe not a hawk, but we do know it's not from the usual suspects.  


This is done from life in my nature sketchbook. It is watercolor. I'm not sure how long it took as I was too busy enjoying getting to paint to notice the time passing. I'm seriously guilty of taking my health for granted until something goes awry. I did a long post in my gratitude journal about what it meant to be healthy, for me, in my current life. I remember my grandmother saying "To be rich is to have nothing. To be healthy is to have everything." At the time I didn't understand. You can bet I do now!

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  1. I'm glad to hear you're feeling so much better. And your grandmother is so right! That feather is amazing! It does look like a hawk's feather--we see some sharp-shinned and Cooper hawks with markings like that. Whatever it is, you did a remarkable job of it! I can't even fathom how you went about doing what you did, but it's beautiful!

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  2. ...glad to hear you're back in the saddle. Beautiful little feather. How do you capture that fuzziness... It really is a gift.

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  3. I'm glad to hear you are going out and this feather looks too perfect! It really is more real than a photo. you are a wonderful artist!

    hope your week is lovely!:)
    IvaY

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  4. Hey Laure,
    Oh my, I love the feather! You must have used an eyelash to paint it! I am in awe of your concentration---not to mention your incredible skill. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog---I think I might as well own up to procrastination being a much more powerful muse than the image at this point---denial, yes, sometimes it works ; )! But then reality bites.....
    So glad you're feeling better--I've missed you. Maybe one day I'll be as faithful to my blog as you are to yours. I sure enjoy visiting here~~

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  5. Thanks for all the kind comments and well-wishes! It is soooo good to be back!

    Thanks, Sue!

    Kelly, hope you're feeling better!

    Iva, hope your week is outstanding too!

    Kathy, I think we are all guilty of procrastination and denial. They're tools. We use them when we have necessary to deal with current circumstances.

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  6. Great post Laure. So true about health and excuses. Just doing what we can to the best of our ability. This feather is a wonderful example of your abilities. Praise and congratulations.

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  7. So happy you are feeling better! Not fun to be sick like that.

    Fabulous feather!!!

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  8. If the main part of the feather is fuzzy, not just the little bits near the quill, you may have yourself an owl feather! Beautiful job.

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  9. Welcome back!! So glad you're feeling better and enjoying your art again. A lovely feather indeed!

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  10. It is rather interesting for me to read that article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

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