For our prompt of “Hummingbird” today, I sketched a little one feasting on a flower. Philippe and I had a visit from a hummingbird recently. We were sitting outside and it came up to pause in midair and look at us for a brief moment. Though it was only a few seconds, it seemed like the encounter lasted for several minutes. Of course, upon realizing we had no hanging flower pots or feeders on our back porch, it zoomed off to visit our other neighbors. Though I’m sure I was imagining it, the little hummingbird’s face contorted into an expression that seemed more than a bit miffed and irritated with us. I can’t really blame the tiny bird as I’m sure it was quite a disappointment. We did once have a hummingbird feeder, but failed to keep it filled, which was all just a bit of a tease and somehow worse. Despite their diminutive form, those birds can really chow down and before we knew it the feeder was empty again. We eventually gave up. Yet, it’s always lovely to receive a visit from a hummingbird. There’s just something so magical about them.
When Philippe and I got married, we stayed in a hotel in Los Angeles that was swarming with hummingbirds. So, they have always had a special place in my heart. Some days, I wish I could move as quickly as they do so I could get everything I wanted accomplished. Though if my own heart suddenly started beating the requisite 10-20 times faster to match the speed of a hummingbird’s, that would certainly be cause for alarm. My own lifestyle is just a bit less high-energy. Though I manage to do quite a lot in a day, I always carve out plenty of time to relax. This morning, as I was taking our pup Elliott out to do his business, the sun was rising. Stopping for a few extra minutes, I just watched the show. It’s so calming to simply enjoy nature by viewing it and letting the scene imprint itself on my mind. Then, I can make up a sketch like this one later, entirely from those memories.
Soon, it will be October and all of the hummingbirds will have flown off in search of warmer weather. And I will be enjoying the fresh chill in the air as autumn brings its cavalcade of color once more. October is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s neither too cold nor too warm, giving it that “just right” feeling that would thrill Goldilocks. Also, it’s Halloween month! Our neighbors have added even more attractions to their already exceptionally spooky display this year. There’s now a gigantic spider at the bottom of a web that looks very real and just a touch terrifying. My Inner Child thinks it’s super cool. Elliott, however, isn’t phased by the creature on our walks, though we did have to yank his leash a couple of times so he couldn’t pee on it. As I look forward to the days ahead, I still want them to pass by slowly. I want to savor each and every day, relishing in the change of seasons and being fully present for each of those magical moments of beauty.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (VIvid Pink), Indigo, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with Black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.