Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Laughter - The Best Medicine


Watercolor Sketch in my Nature Sketchbook

Does that not look like one mean, ticked-off shorebird?!! Doesn't s/he remind you of the ticked-off bluebird of happiness that's been circulating around for years?!! When Chris and I were in Venice a few weekends ago, we stumbled across this little bird. I knew instantly s/he was coming home with me. You see, s/he's another one of those critter statues that people my studio, and if you can make me laugh out loud in the middle of a store (and do not cost the farm), well then, I think you've earned your keep! The bird sits almost at eye level in my studio and every time I pass by, I smile. That, to me, is priceless.

Watercolor Sketch in my Nature Sketchbook

S/he doesn't look nearly so ferocious from the side as from the front angle. I am guessing that it's some artist's humorous take on a sandpiper, but I may never know as there was no identifying info. Kind of a cross between a sandpiper and a puffer fish! The roundness is not an exaggeration - that's what the bird looks like!

We'll be going back to the beach some time in the next few weeks, and I'm going to take the bird with me to snuggle it down in a sand dune for photos. I may even use it in my next Imaginary Trips' class, “An Imaginary Trip to The Beach!” That trip is scheduled to launch in February 2010. Wanna come and play??!! More info on the class will be available soon!

8 comments:

  1. Haha! I love that head-on view. He does look a bit perturbed, but so, so cute! You can sign me up for the Beach class. Once February hits we are positively stir crazy here, and I'll need images of the beach to get me through. It may make me hop a plane, though, so I can really feel the sand beneath my feet.

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  2. Ummm, I think I've become a perpetual student of yours by now, Laure! The beach, eh? Your classes sound so tempting!

    Laure, this little guy is adorable just in his extreme roundness. I picture him sitting on scrawny little legs, tucked in so nicely.

    Kelly, me too! Let me know when you book a flight and I'll come down with you!

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  3. You really captured his 'ferocious' expression! What a cutie. No wonder you are smiling. Now I am too.

    The beach. hmmm. Sounds interesting.

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  4. Really - a trip to the beach? That sounds like a great idea!

    I think your new little companion is really cute and I can't wait to see him at the beach! What another great idea!

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  5. I collect "stuff" for my studio too... seashells, acorns, hulls from nuts, rocks, pinecones, feathers.... all my treasures!

    Love the bird...even though he looks quite stern in his first portrait!

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  6. Yes, that is a pouty face indeed. It is amazing how you changed the whole feeling of the painting when changing the posture of the bird. Nice sketch.

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  7. I can't wait to go to the beach!!!!! Moving from Virginia to Ohio in September, I thought I'd never get to the Atlantic Ocean again but I'm going with you in January!!! Love the bird! We have killdeer here. The only place I've seen them were running along the surf at the beach. Now, they're in my driveway!

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