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English Robin And Blue Birdhouse Watercolor Illustration

For Day Seven of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Home,” I made a little sketch of a robin returning to its house. This is a European robin, unlike the ones where I live. I just really like their chubby little balled up bodies and think they’re rather cute characters. I’ve always loved sketching birds, but when I first started drawing and painting them, I found them terribly difficult. I would completely botch the proportions on the initial sketch and they would come out looking like strange little alien creatures. Thankfully, it got a bit easier to make something more bird-like with additional practice. As I sketched more and more birds, I started paying closer attention to the actual birds around me. I didn’t become a full-time birdwatcher, but I developed a much stronger fondness and was more attentive to spotting the various birds that I saw on my walks. That’s one of the lovely perks of a developing a sketching habit. Everything in the world becomes more beautiful and interesting!

This morning when I was still in bed, I could hear the sounds of a thunderstorm outside my window. It didn’t last long at all and soon the rain and thunder were replaced by a chorus of chirping birds. I always love that sound after the rain passes. It’s like a giant bird party to celebrate the return of the sun. Or, at least that’s what I like to imagine is happening. I was happy to hear it as the sound of thunder and rain are not huge motivators to get out of bed and start my day. I just want to curl up under the covers and stay there instead. It’s actually a lovely sound when you don’t have to actually go out into the storm. I don’t get much of an opportunity to rest during July, but it’s a very energizing and creative month indeed!

There’s a lot of adrenaline that happens during July as I try to keep up with everything and make these daily posts. I’m generally back on schedule, but if anything disrupts my routine at all it’s sometimes tough to keep up! Last night I had to make a last minute run to the pet store before they closed. Our puppy Elliott destroyed his bed and I had to get him a replacement. Philippe and I were turned away for just a few minutes it seemed while he dissected the bed and removed most of the cotton stuffing. It was actually rather stealth and masterful the way he did it, so I couldn’t figure out whether to be angry or impressed. But, in spite of those little surprises, the month is going along very smoothly indeed. Making a little doodle and ramble each day has been lovely, and always feels like coming home.

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  1. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Love your rambles sketches, Charlie! They always brighten the day.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I’ve been rushed this past few days, so I’m thrilled you’re enjoying them!

  2. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    What a scamp Elliott is! I hope you explained he shouldn’t do that kind of thing in July!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      hehe! He’s a total scamp, but he’s rather cute so he gets away with more than he should! 😉💕

  3. scrittoralinda 1 month ago

    Hey Charlie methinks Elliott needs a chew toy that he can’t dismember. So that is the name of those robins, I always wondered. Yes you are right about noticing things we never did before!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      We’ve tried every chew toy… we’re just happy when they last weeks and not days. hehe But, yay to noticing new things every day! 😃💕

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  5. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    I love this doodle of the Robin. When I’m working in the garden there is often a robin close by waiting for me to turn up a snack for it. I love a good thunderstorm, but we don’t get many here.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 I love that you have little robin visitors in your garden! Wonderful!

  6. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Are you serious??? Day 7???? A whole week of WWM has already flown by! I love the robin and his little house. I always like to imagine how his house must be furnished on the inside… does his mate robin keep house or does he? What kind of reading chair must they have? Do they have books such as “Human Watching: A New Hobby” or maintain human-watching journals? Anyway… I don’t know about robins but I can see that Elliott would be the perfect house refurbisher. He seems to want to change decor with the season. 😉 You & Phillipe really ought to watch out! Loads of love to you and a great big hug,


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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      I know! A whole week went by so fast! I usually make a big deal about it, but it almost happened without me realizing it this year. I adore the idea of the imagining how the robin decorates its home. I should definitely do a sketch of an interior of a birdhouse one day! Love to you! 😃💕

  7. Pat Boglio 1 month ago

    such a nice home!

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