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Raven pulling eagle's tail!

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Whittled Down

November 28, 2014

Bare trees, fallow fields

Bare trees, patchwork fields

“. . . we are not on this earth to accumulate victories, or trophies, or experiences, or even to avoid failures, but to be whittled and sandpapered down until what’s left is who we truly are.”
— Arianna Huffington, Thrive:  The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Turkey Day

November 27, 2014

Today I quote the words of Benjamin Franklin, who defended the respectability of the turkey in a letter to his daughter Sarah in 1784:

“For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly; you may have seen him perched on some dead tree, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing-hawk; and, when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the bald eagle pursues him, and takes it from him. With all this injustice he is never in good case; but, like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. Besides, he is a rank coward; the little kingbird, not bigger than a sparrow, attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. . .

I am, on this account, not displeased that the figure is not known as a bald eagle, but looks more like a turkey. For in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. Eagles have been found in all countries, but the turkey was peculiar to ours . . .  He is, besides, (though a little vain and silly, it is true, but not the worse emblem for that,) a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farmyard with a red coat on.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ink sketch of wild turkey

Ink sketch of wild turkey

Watercolor sketch of wild turkey

Watercolor sketch of wild turkey

Ink sketch of domesticated turkey

Ink sketch of domesticated turkey

Watercolor sketch of young turkey (a little vain and silly)

Watercolor sketch of young turkey (a little vain and silly)

 

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Of Snoods and Wattles

November 25, 2014

Watercolor and ink sketch of turkey

Watercolor and ink sketch of turkey

Ink and watercolor sketch of turkey snood and wattle

Ink and watercolor sketch of turkey snood and wattle

Turkeys are bizarre creatures with alien-like helmeted heads, weird excrescences like snoods and wattles, and unbelievable blue and red coloring.  But their feathers are quite beautiful, especially when displayed like an elegant fan.  What a bird!

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