Friday, May 14, 2021

Sketching the Pandemic Year 2020 week 6

Week 6  Feb 2-8 2020

Is it Tailor bird? Or is it Chestnut tailed starling? Even after spending hours observing, I never really could identify the beautiful bird that darted in and out of the lush bottle brush tree with bright red blooms right outside the balcony in Bengaluru, India. Hanging upside down it enjoyed the snacks it found in the flower. But then “You must not know too much or be too precisely scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, or even vagueness- ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things” said Walt Whitman whose portrait by Naul Ojeda graces the page in the Smithsonian Engagement Calendar for 2020. The description says: ‘Ojeda’s watercolor portrait, a testament to Whitman’s appreciation of nature and was likely inspired by Federico Garcia’s 1929 poem Ode to Walt Whitman.’

Snack Time watercolor by Meera Rao 


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