What you see below are my initial scribbles as I watched purple martins fly and perch way over my head, during the nesting phase of their breeding season, in April.
This is the truly fun and inspiring part of art for me. All that wonderful time I get to spend with the birds. Then somehow, through that creative spirit we all have in common, these observations become a painting. And my enjoyment of the whole experience just can't get any better.
For more notes on my martin experience visit: The Studies Before the Painting at Vickie's Sketchbook.
To learn more about purple martins visit: The Purple Martin Conservation Association.