(DAB? “What is DAB Day?”)

April 8 is Draw a Bird Day!

(First: Thank you for your beautiful response to the post about the hungry iguanas. My internet time is very limited, so instead of replying to those comments I’m sharing this Draw a Bird Day story written last night at the apartment. I love you all! Lisa)

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Please consider taking five minutes or ten or half an hour or half a day – and draw a bird!

The DAB Day website shares the story of a delightful 7-year old girl who uplifted her uncle’s spirits. Her blunt critique of his drawing triggered a lovely tradition of ‘drawing birds’ just for the joy of drawing a bird – but the story is best told on the website:  DABday

From the site: How do I celebrate Draw A Bird Day?
Quite simply, just draw a bird and share it with whomever you choose. The drawings are not meant to be “professionally” done by any means, though that certainly can be the case if you are so talented. The important thing is just to draw and bird and share it.
Can I send you my bird drawings?

YES you can!!! Simply click here to submit your own Draw A Bird Day submissions. We will do our best to get them online as soon as possible. Keep them 1000 x 1000 pixels or smaller, and in .jpg, .png, or .bmp file formats only please.

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A plastic pink flamingo, weathered and faded, remains a faithful companion. Brittle from exposure to heat and sun, glued and splinted from various contusions, a survivor from the earthquake, this frail bird holds dear memories, especially when it was ‘given’ to me.

In an attempt at anonymous humor in an historic neighborhood of strict ‘city planning’ rules, my lovely neighbor tucked the flamingo near the back entrance gardens  to my home. (1997?)  The flamingo gave my heart a huge smile!  I suspected that the giver received an-even greater smile when she pondered how long it would take me to figure out who left it at my door!   I was right, and even months later, when she apologetically stated, “You don’t have to keep that in your flower bed…” – I assured her that I treasured the flamingo.

Whenever I pause to ponder the faded bird, which has been painted to bring back the bright colors, I am instantly reconnected to my friend. Of all of the birds I could draw for this day to remember the young Dorie Cooper, I thought it was time to give the flamingo a moment in the spotlight!

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Briefly transplanting it from a cluster of begonias, I placed it in the larger pot of a slow-growing Ceibo tree. (From 2011 until the earthquake, the Flamingo lived at the base of the ceibo.) I sat beneath the branches of the ceibo (yes, in the apartment!) and drew the bird. Just as I finished, the nearby church bells rang 2 o’clock, a reminder to all that the curfew had started – a reminder to me that yes, we are under strict rules, but time flies when immersed in drawing.

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With time to devote to the theme of ‘just drawing birds,’ I also drew some whimsical birds – from a few minutes to longer – all examples of the joy of drawing for fun.

After so many drawing exercises, I wasn’t surprised that the next drawing magically asserted the right to  be added to this post!  Last night I added color via computer to this one and to the flamingo.

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This will be published on the 7th so that most of you will have time – if desired – to join others in honoring Dorie Cooper – and perhaps giving your drawing to an unexpected recipient.

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This morning I moved the ceibo to photograph it near the painting of the ceibo…

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And for Lynda, here’s the closeup of the iguana in that painting!

It would be nice if the flamingo could find its way to the neighbor who gave it to me. She might be surprised to know that the bird remains a true treasure in my heart!

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(Drawn in Memory of Matthew)