At our first “product development summit” to come up with ideas for our inaugural collection, my mother and I look at each other and both said “songbirds!” It was late autumn and the weather was starting to turn to winter. That’s my signal to fill up the feeders to help the local population of common songbirds survive our New England winter. We had been having many, many visitors to the feeders in that first week as word spread that there was free food in the trees around our house.
Common Songbirds in Northern New england
Chickadees and nuthatches are year-round neighbors. Finches, kingbirds, cardinals, and warblers join them at the feeders in winter. Yesterday we were excited to see a flock of Dark-eyed Juncos and a Hairy Woodpecker!
Songbirds are a bright spot in a long, cold and dark winter. The chatter of chickadees has become a morning soundtrack. When we don’t hear them, it’s a sure sign that a particularly nasty storm is about to break. They are a tenacious, all-weather bird, and a heavy storm does not hinder them. So it’s telling when you don’t hear them.
My cats also enjoy their antics and spend quite a bit of time watching the “chickadee channel” out the front windows.
ARt of the songbird
I love drawing and painting songbirds. Using gesture sketches from life, I try to capture their personality. I take lots of photographs and make color swatches in my notebook when I’m out in the field. With all that material, I make the sketches that eventually become the final illustrations.
Tiny Owl Creates opens the store with a songbird theme. We’re working in the studio creating products that express our joy in these tiny, energetic winter companions – stationery, prints, felted sculpture, wind chimes, and more!
We launch in March. Join our online launch party (form below).
Meanwhile, enjoy a page from my sketchbook!