Never Piss Off An Ostrich

Day 8 - Feathered Freinds Funny Ostrich Face Watercolor - #doodlewash

Some days, you just never know what will call you to sketch it. I normally choose something to paint while I’m at work during the day, but today was super busy so I arrived home with absolutely no idea in mind. The prompt today is “feathery” so I assumed this would be some sort of bird, but while looking up birds, I got completely distracted by an article on how to avoid an ostrich attack. Apparently, when provoked, an ostrich will get really mad, come charging after you, and proceed to kick your ass. This lead me to a page about how to avoid an ostrich and included helpful suggestions like maintaining an optimal distance, diving into a thorn bush, or if none of those work, laying on the ground and simply “playing dead.” These were combined with airline safety-style illustrations that made the whole thing both terrifying and delightfully amusing. In the few little minutes I had left to paint at that point, I figured it only made sense to do a quick portrait one, so that’s how we ended up here today.

I’m always amazed at how many “how to” articles exist on the Internet. You can literally find the “solution” to anything you need or anything you can imagine just for fun. When I was a kid, you only had books that were published according to the idea that people only wanted to know useful things like plumbing, cooking and crafting. These days, we can google our hearts away and find answers to everything we wanted to know and much more we’ve never really cared to know. While I find this all quite entertaining, it’s equally distracting. I don’t live anywhere near ostriches, so it’s highly unlikely that I would ever find myself confronted with one. But, knowing that I now have the tools to survive should this insane and impossibly unlikely event ever occur, is strangely comforting. These days, it’s not just information that we crave, it’s also a lot of trivia, which is defined as bits of knowledge, often of little importance. It strikes me that with our limited ability to hold that knowledge, what does all this extra stuff replace?

I am happily distracted by all the funny things I see on Buzzfeed and other places and it really does bring joy to my day. But give me a wonderfully written article with something to say and I’m even more enamoured. I’ve realized that I need to take more time for consuming the things in life that are actually important. Those wonderful documentaries with real information and those books written with passion by authors who have something they really wanted to say. Not articles carefully crafted for keywords that distract me from what I really need to know. I was recently lured by an article that told me how to focus on what really matters in life. What the article failed to share, is what that actually might be. For me, it’s a focus on the things that simply bring me joy along with the things that enrich my mind in a way that’s actually relevant to my life. Today, I’ve failed at that last bit, so the only helpful thing I truly have to tell you is that you should never piss off an ostrich.

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 Day 8 - Feathered Freinds Funny Ostrich Face Watercolor - #doodlewash

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  1. Susan Feniak 6 years ago

    Better not piss off an ostrich! Wow! Awesome art Charlie.❤👍

  2. L.E. Hunt 6 years ago

    Your researching process closely resembles mine XD I love the art. It’s so wispy and vicious.

  3. Jodi 6 years ago

    well – your art sure brings joy! That eye on the left is MAGICAL!

    • Author

      Aww thanks so much, Jodi!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it’s the eye on the right that you have to be careful off! Lol That’s the one that looks a bit pissed off.

  4. Chris Alves 6 years ago

    Looks just like the bird that totally pissed me off!

  5. marchescountrylady 6 years ago

    Love this Charlie. I get so easily distracted these days too…..
    Keep up the good work!

  6. cjwaterfieldart 6 years ago

    Lovely sketch and I love a blog that can make me laugh. Great work Charlie!

  7. memadtwo 6 years ago

    I love your animal portraits Charlie. This guy has a lot of personality, although I wouldn’t want to match wits with him in a fight either! (K)

    • Author

      Thanks, Kerfe!! 😃💕 It’s been awhile since I sketched something besides a dog or cat. I would definitely keep a safe distance for this guy for sure! hehe

  8. Heide 6 years ago

    “I got completely distracted by an article on how to avoid an ostrich attack.” Ah, if I had a dime for every time that’s happened, Charlie. LOL!! Well, at least your research added a lot of character to your painting. And also, you’re now fully prepared if the zombies march past your city and you get an Ostrich Apocalypse instead. 🙂

    • Author

      I know right?? 😃💕 I can only hope that I’ve also done my small part to help prepare others. LOL Thanks so much, Heide! Glad ya liked this one!

      • Heide 6 years ago

        Well, you’ve certainly raised MY awareness of the danger ostriches pose, so mission accomplished! 😉

  9. barbara 6 years ago

    You’re the person that first came to mind. Who knows, you could encounter one some day! BC

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    • Author

      Hehe… If I do encounter one, it will likely be before a fence of some kind, which will make my new skills to avoid them rather pointless. 😊 lol

  10. Ellie 6 years ago

    Wonderful ostrich, Charlie! He has a look in his eye that makes me want to dive into the nearest thorn bush. I’m curious – when you started searching for bird pictures, what search string did you use to end up with “ostrich attack, how to avoid”? ( :

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Ellie!! 😃💕 LOL… actually, I think it was Pinterest as the culprit this time… it gets really random in there. I was trying to get ideas on birds that looked interesting so I could search for a reference on Pixabay. It all just got out of hand somehow! Lol

  11. The title alone was a giggle!

  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Grinning as I write this – your ostrich must be angry at his hairstyle. I’d be mad too. Keep in mind that the ostrich has a tiny brain and is easy to DISTRACT – (sound familiar?) Except yours is not tiny but expanding by Intenet trivia.

    • Author

      Lol… thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 For saying my brain isn’t tiny… hehe… actually in this very helpful article it’s the tiny brain that makes them single minded and hard to distract. So perhaps the more easily distracted you get, the bigger brain you must have!?? Okay… I’m reaching there. As for the hair style… yeah, this one missed one too many salon appointments for sure.

  13. debiriley 6 years ago

    beautifully done, loved the eye … of course! your post was Funny!

    • Author

      hehe… thanks, Debi! Glad you liked this! 😃💕

      • debiriley 6 years ago

        yes, you know how I always…. go right for the eyes. Its a good thing I’m not a sports person, or someone would get Hurt!! LOL

  14. Someone once told me never to piss off your boss or your wife (maybe the same thing) but I have taken your advice to heart and have a whole new out look on life.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Lol… yeah, that’s equally good advice! Though I’m not sure jumping into a thorn bush works in either of those instances. 😉

  15. LisaDay 6 years ago

    Ha, ha. I feel that is really fabulous advice – if I ever met in an ostrich in the wilds of Ontario.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 6 years ago

      Hehe… well if you ever do… at least now you know you’ll be properly prepared! Lol 😉💕

  16. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Lol! Your ostrich is amazing. However I don’t know why you think non-relevant articles are distracting. I have complete control ov … ooh! And article on the origin of the word golf…

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