Bird Art in Lockdown 2020

A pencil drawing of a house sparrow in my Lockdown art journal  in traditional,  , realistic style
House Sparrow

This post is all about birds – I suppose I have taken more notice of the ones visiting my garden during Lockdown . I certainly have heard more birdsong than usual in the first few weeks of isolation , when the world was quieter.

This first image shows a common garden bird in the UK – a house sparrow. This pencil drawing was done for a challenge set by a painting group I belong to .

An art journal page painted in Lockdown 2020

Birdman – art in Lockdown 2020

I started to keep an art journal in March and I have done a few intuitive abstract composition in mixed media like this one ( Birdman ) . I just painted in watercolour on brown toned paper without much thought , and a birdlike shape appeared , cradled in the hands of a rather strange looking man.

Seagulls

My next image is a blast from the past actually (apologies for the poor quality phone snap ) . Again , this was a challenge that I set for Barnsley Art Society a couple of years ago . Mine was painted in acrylic in just over an hour .Wouldn’t it be nice to go on a trip to the seaside right now ? ( only two hours drive from where I live )

A work in progress  - a watercolour sketch of a pigeon
Pigeon

And the last one I’d like to show you is a work in progress from my journal . Again , an unplanned , instinctive work , just a watercolour doodle to begin with . And then I realised I was moving towards painting a pigeon !

These are just the first layers. I shall probably add more watercolour and oil pastel then I’ll post it as soon as I have finished it

So , that’s my post . A tribute to Birds – they have certainly kept my spirits up during this strange time . I wonder if anyone else has noticed a trend in the type of art they have been producing during social isolation ?

A bird carved in wood on the mantelpiece in a local stately home , a pen and wash sketch done on the spot in February

4 Replies to “Bird Art in Lockdown 2020”

    1. Thanks , Graham. We use close mesh pond netting to drape over the veg – that way we get a little more of it to eat , after all our hard work !

Let me know what you think !