|"Third Wren Study" 7" x 10" Watercolor on Paper|
One of the joys of spring unfolding is the busy activity of our feathered friends building their nests, laying their eggs and keeping vigilant watch of their future progeny. A bird feeder usually guarantees that its visitors will choose a nearby area for their nest and continue to show up, but once I began the studies the wren disappeared. Until then, he was a regular visitor.
One thing I have learned from these studies: it is better to video them rather than take still shots. By doing so, I am able to watch the video repeatedly enabling me to register their gestures and expressions, so important to how I interpret them. And, too, in the case the subject goes away, I have a more complete record of whatever it was that drew me to it.