Hello, good morning, good afternoon, good evening wherever you are.
This is an exciting blogging day for me because it’s the start of an ongoing series of blogposts centring around my diary. But don’t get worried! My daily diary isn’t a normal diary. I have one of those for appointments, but it’s fairly boring even to me, so I’m not going to throw that at you.
When I was at college, I had an amazing tutor who told us all to aim to sketch a random something, unrelated to any projects, for at least 30 minutes each day. Now that I’m a full-time artist and draw pretty much all the time, the habit of just sketching for no particular reason became a sketch diary. It’s normally quick sketches either about how I’m feeling, what I’ve learned or seen that day, or just some silly ideas. It’s just fun.
Some people would call this sort of thing a ‘warm up’ or a ‘cool down’ sketch for some reason I’m not trendy enough to understand. To me it’s just a sketch diary and I hope you like this series!
My first diary page features some seasonal robins! ‘Tis the season and all. There are so many different types of robin, and really I think the classic Robin Redbreast would hate being upstaged by some of his even more colourful cousins from elsewhere.
Here are some fun facts about Pink Robins!
- They’re from Southeast Australia and Tasmania, mostly found in rainforests.
- They’re very quiet and shy.
- They’re listed as a threatened species due to deforestation.
- They nest quite low to the ground rather than in tree tops. Their nests are so beautiful and neat, like little teacups, decorated with lichen and moss.
- They don’t share many characteristics with the European Robin, although they are of the same family.
Fun Facts about the European Robin:
- Very inquisitive and social. They love fresh turned soil so they can look for earthworms, and in Britain are known as the gardener’s friend.
- Both parents take responsibility when feeding and looking after their chicks until they are two weeks old when they can fly and become fully independent. They pair up for the breeding season (April to June) only.
- Postmen used to be called robins because of their red tunics, and the reason the robin is associated with Christmas cards is because these were delivered by the red-coated postmen ‘robins’?
- Fiercely territorial, often taking on much larger birds to protect their nests and feeding ground.
Peace, love & light xxx