“April 10, 1824. I was introduced to the son of Lucien Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon, a great ornithologist, I was told. He remained two hours, went out, and returned with two Italian gentlemen, and their comments made me very contented.” That evening he was taken to the Philosophical Academy where the drawings were greatly admired…” – (from AUDUBON AND HIS JOURNALS – 1897)
Ecuador – The Museo Portoviejo exposition nears the end and presents a new challenge; what will I do with all of these children?!!!!
For a last-minute tour, here’s a slideshow:
Alas, nature beckons and prompts me to continue, so I observe – and I paint! Unlike Audubon, I have an advantage of a camera – but with most every study I wish to have a live (or preserved) bird for more-precise reference material.
“July 19th (1824) – Young Harris, God bless him, looked at the drawings I had for sale, and said he would take them all, at my prices. I would have kissed him, but that it is not the custom in this icy city.” (Audubon and His Journals)
(The above quote gave me a great chuckle; I hope that you enjoyed it as well!)
The Common Tody Flycatcher study joins a growing sanctuary of originals! So many beautiful birds! Feeling like a mix between Audubon and Van Gogh, I wonder, “Shall I tuck the originals under my arms and peddle them in Europe?!!!”
“January 18. (1828) – This afternoon I took a cab and with my portfolio went to Mr. Children’s. I cannot, he tells me, take my portfolio on my shoulder in London as I would in New York, or even tenacious Philadelphia.”
(Audubon and His Journals)
With the growing collection of feathered watercolors, I hesitate to part with them. A much-larger project, “One Bird at a Time,” moves forward – one bird at a time!
(The Smooth-billed Anis have a home in Colorado, but they might have to wait for better weather to fly there!)