3 Billion Birds

Tree Swallow, 5x7in, watercolor on clay board, 2019

Tree Swallow, 5x7in, watercolor on clay board, 2019

Hello and welcome!  On September 19, 2019 a study was published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sharing shocking news of a loss of nearly 3 billion birds in North America since 1970.  You can read an excellent summary here on www.Audubon.org  

 I’ve always loved birds and frequently painted them over the years, usually small and somewhat impulsive paintings.  Painting these little birds always seemed like a treat, a deviation -  after all, I was a landscape/seascape painter.  Well, here we are.  :-)  Not only are birds the “canaries in the coal mine”, a major indicator of our planet’s health (which, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, directly affects our human health and future), but they are beauty and freedom and song and though we may not notice them in our daily lives unless we look up or stop and listen, we will notice the silence when they are gone.  I dedicate this blog to these precious creatures that need all the spotlight they can get.

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