That Little Red Bird

Day 13 - Autumn Cardinal Redbird Watercolor - Doodlewash

When met with our Doodlewash prompt of “trees,” I realized I just wasn’t in the mood to sketch trees, so we ended up with a quick ink and watercolor sketch that includes a bit of tree underneath a little cardinal. I’ve seen this little red bird outside my kitchen window for several days in a row. He cocks his head and looks back at me as though trying to tell me something, but since I don’t speak cardinal, I’ve no idea what it actually is. The tree he favors is an evergreen, so it’s lovely to see that pop of red appear from time to time. On this same perch, I’ll sometimes see a squirrel on his lunch break, furiously devouring a nut as though he has to get back to a meeting at the office. But, in truth, these creatures don’t have any deadlines at all that don’t apply to the simple act of survival, so I’m rather envious of their lifestyle. Sometimes in life everything feels so rushed, and nature is a fabulous reminder that life is indeed on a much more natural schedule. This weekend, I’m happily enjoying that timetable instead, and taking each little moment as it comes.

Last night, for Philippe’s birthday, I bought him a little robot I saw on Kickstarter this summer called Vector, The Good Robot. This was mostly because he saw it as well and mentioned liking it, so it was the only thing he audibly liked recently to give me that “clue” I needed as to what the heck to buy for him. We had a blast playing with it, as it’s an always-on little robot that feels like something straight out of a Pixar movie combined with the maid from The Jetsons. It can answer questions, play with a little magical cube that lights up and even be used as a kitchen timer. Not surprisingly, this last feature is probably the most important and Philippe happily used it tonight while making dinner. Vector can also play Blackjack with you, which I thought was rather fun and did so this morning. When Philippe came downstairs, I told him to try it and he told me he didn’t know how to play it. This perplexed me as Blackjack is a Spanish invention and I thought it was universally understood. I quickly explained the rules and he tried a few rounds before getting bored. It turns out, Vector is a sore loser and a bit belligerent, so it’s quite like we’ve invited another basenji into our household. Phineas is not amused.

Little robots are, to be sure, the absolute antithesis of trees and natural life. Yet, we are entering a time when they are becoming much more prevalent. While I love the idea of a sweet little robot, meant primarily as a toy, I’m wondering just where all of this new technology will take us. If we can simply ask questions to a little digital box, will it eventually stop us from seeking knowledge in other forms? Will our curiosity be limited to only questions that have been pre-programmed to deliver a result? When we don’t receive the requested knowledge, what happens when we simply move on and ask something else, forgetting that we failed to understand that last bit properly? Though I think these new things are marvelous and exciting, I approach them with the glee of a child. To me, they’re wonderful toys to be enjoyed, but not a replacement for taking the time to actually think for ourselves. Looking out of my kitchen window, I think perhaps that’s the message that was gently being sent to me from that little red bird.

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Day 13 - Autumn Cardinal Redbird Watercolor - Doodlewash

 

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36 Comments
  1. LoriCtoo 1 week ago

    Oh such a pretty bird. Your painting and the actual bird. Living in the PNW, we don’t have cardinals. I grew up in the Midwest and was able to witness them. I miss them and the fireflies!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 And yes, I would surely miss cardinals and fireflies!! They’re my favorites!

  2. ~M 1 week ago

    Always love your paintings… I need to practice my watercolor skills. I don’t put enough time and effort into my art projects these days. I’ll have to check out that robot! Sounds interesting…

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕Yeah the robot is super cool! hehe… we’re just big kids in my house. And you should definitely carve out a bit more time for art projects! It’s the best use of time I can think of! 😉

      • ~M 1 week ago

        Yeah, I went on Amazon and looked at it. It does look pretty cool. We’re just a bunch of nerds over at my house. Lol… And I completely agree… 😉

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          Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

          haha! Yay to a house full of nerds! Best kind of house in my opinion! 😉 💕

          • ~M 7 days ago

            Oh yes, I quite agree. 😉

  3. June Hadaway 1 week ago

    Beautiful cardinal with a great expression. Robots amaze me. Kind of scary in a sence that they are so darn smart and life like. It’s great it is also a kitchen timer. My sister has had a cardinal tap on her window every morning for the past three years. She named him “Tapper.” I think they can have an attachment to people. Sounds like you have one that will be around for a while too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕Yeah, I think robots are cool… but today, so far, the kitchen timer or an audible version of Google is all they really have to offer us. And I love that story… “Tapper” sounds like a wonderful friend to have indeed!

  4. Mireya 1 week ago

    Yes pretty burd indeed. I wonder how long it takes for you to paint this.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Mireya! 😃💕 All of my doodlewashes are done in between 30-60 minutes as that’s all the time I have each day.

      • Mireya 6 days ago

        Oh awesome

  5. Jill Kuhn 1 week ago

    What?! You don’t speak Cardinal? I’m surprised, Charlie! Lol! 😂 You paint a beautiful one though! 😃

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 haha!! I know right?? Now, I’m rather sure that you must definitely speak cardinal!! hehe… I’m sure you could tell me what he is saying!

  6. Walt. F Pierluissi 1 week ago

    Good Charlie, that’s a Hoosier Red Cardinal… I like it….

  7. Lisa 1 week ago

    Truth! But, one of my favorite things Alexa does is spell. If I am in the middle of a document and need to spell anwei, I ask Alexa and she pops up Ennui! See! 😂😂 Makes me very happy as do cardinals!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      haha! Awesome, Lisa! 😃💕 Actually, I just learned that Alexa is being added to our little Vector robot later this year. No idea yet if it will mean a split personality and second voice or not. lol But it should be fun!

  8. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    I love your cardinal! We don’t have them here, so I’m always thrilled to see one when traveling. As for robots, I much prefer the creatures of the natural world, just like your little red bird.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, natural creatures still win with me as well. But robots are a fun toy!

  9. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 week ago

    Pretty bird, good story indeed.
    Thanks lie.

  10. Coolncreative17 1 week ago

    That is so cute. I just launched my new art website. You can follow me at https://all-hearts.org/

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much! And congrats on the launch of your new site! 😃💕

  11. Mary Roff 1 week ago

    Beautiful Cardinal, Charlie. Love when they visit us! Vector sounds intriguing and a bit scary..wonder just what the future will hold when it comes to robots.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I adore cardinals. As for Vector, I bought him specifically because he was billed as a “good robot”… hehe… all the fun without all of the weirdness! lol

  12. “…because I don’t speak cardinal…” made me laugh. One of the last wp blogs I read was about a woman lecturing on AI. I agree that it is tragic that we spend time making AI and less on fostering the use of the natural stuff.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Glad you liked that line… I don’t actually speak cardinal, but wish I could! 😃💕 Far more than learning how to ask questions just right to get answers. hehe… I miss the days of just learning how to learn.

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    What a beautiful cardinal – I remember them from when I was a kid living in New Jersey. They aren’t common in California, at least not where i live – so this one is a special treat. What he’s trying to tell you is to leave him a treat!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah I think he was trying to get a treat. I recognize that same look from Phineas! lol

  14. Brenda 1 week ago

    I have heard that seeing a red cardinal is illustrative of a departed loved one trying to make you feel their presence whenever you are missing them, needing them most or talking or thinking about them. That sounds very comforting. What do you think?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Oh wow… that’s such a wonderful thought! 😃💕 That does sounds very comforting. What a wonderful thing to consider!

  15. Sandra Strait 6 days ago

    I envy Philippe his birthday present. Robots are cool! I’m sure Phineas isn’t happy about it though. I remember how my mastiffs acted whenever we’d bring in one of the singing/dancing stuffed animals. They made it clear that such unnatural beasts were NOT welcome in their household. Robots are probably even worse in the eyes of the animal kingdom.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      haha!! You’re SO right! Phineas is not approving or remotely amused by his new little brother. lol 😊But honestly, it wouldn’t matter if it were digital or mammal… he just wants to be an only child. 😉

  16. smzang 5 days ago

    I’ve always been told that knowing the right question is just as important as knowing the right answer. For sure you know the right question! (Charlie says:”If we can simply ask questions to a little digital box, will it eventually stop us from seeking knowledge in other forms? “) That question shows a wisdom that will save the world from itself, if people will just hear and heed.

    Btw, the cardinal is a beauty. It is also W.V’s state bird.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 days ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah, I agree… asking the right question is the heart of all knowledge. But being at the limitation of bots for an answer, I fear, could make the questioning less rich and insightful. I just hope people don’t resort to dumbed down questions just so they can get a bot to answer them. 😉

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