Day 4: The flight of birds

Gather Materials:

  • An artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • A sharpened pencil 
  • A timer

This exercise needs to be done during the daylight hours when you can see the birds.

Today’s Exercise

  1. Sit comfortably in front of a window. For this exercise, I sat cross-legged on the floor looking up at my living room window. 
  2. Set the timer on your phone for 3-5 minutes
  3. Make a mark on the page for every bird that flies across your field of vision. 
Mark Making Exercise with the birds

Reflections on the Exercise

  • There were times of quiet when no birds were flying past the window and I found this to be very calming and relaxing
  • The marks reflect a variety of movements: swoops, flapping wings in flight, landings, hops, and glides 
  • Sometimes the birds would come in and out of my vision so some of the marks begin or end partway through the frame

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