Laughter - The Best Medicine

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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!

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