woensdag 17 augustus 2011

Why I love Birds

Nature in all its wonderful forms and colours is an important inspiration for my work. Birds have a special place in my heart: it is not explicable. When I heard or I see a bird I feel happy.
Maybe I'm infected with the 'bird virus'. 

Birds are special, beautiful, surprising. So much variety in so many different kinds
But I cannot mention an obvious reason why I love birds. This love for birds is slowly but surely crept in my life. Birds give me always a good mood.

Birds are present everywhere. I love also to know something about birds from other countries. This is why I go to the zoo and read books.  Since 2008 I regularly go to Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp). In that time I was sad and had disappointments: the death of my parents, loss of a temporary but nice job and problems with my health. Zoo Rotterdam had been a great distraction for me, healing and informative.
The name Blijdorp is perfect: happy (Blij) village (dorp).

I learned and experienced a lot in Zoo Rotterdam:
* So many animals and plant species (Zoo Rotterdam is also a Botanical Garden) and in particular so many bird species. My first impressions were often: is this  bird really exists?
* To learn to look good at animals and plants and to draw a lot (I have not done before so many drawings of animals - in my sketchbooks are obviously more drawings of birds than other animals...).
* A lot of inspiration for my artwork and stories.

Also important things I learned:
* To be present at the moment: animals live in the moment, not worrying about the past and future.
*  Life is a miracle.
* To have confidence in the process.

Birds from Zoo Rotterdam (Diergaarde Blijdorp)

Tawny Frogmouth

Scarlet and Military Macaw 


Ringed Teal

Southern Crowned Pigeon

Crowned Lapwing

Pied Avocet

Southern Ground Hornbill

Greater Flamingo

Toco Toucan

Golden Pheasant
Pied Imperial Pigeon

Darwin's Rhea

Eurasian Eagle-Owl

See also my blogs about birds as inspiration for my art at: A blog Full of Birds

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