Daily Doodle #32: Morning Bird

 Watercolor on paper. 5" x 7". 12/6/2013.  Win it here.

Watercolor on paper. 5" x 7". 12/6/2013. Win it here.

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Drawing will be the evening of 12/7.

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We ran a martial arts belt test today at Lake Washington Girls Middle School, so I woke up early this morning and read about 25 papers about courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. One of the papers that stuck with me was a 6th grader writing about the integrity it takes to get up in the morning after just one snooze, and the indomitable spirit it takes to rise with a smile. I could deeply relate.

So, tonight, I doodled this little morning bird. The day looks awfully big from inside its shell, and clearly it would rather stay in its cozy egg, but you can see it gathering its indomitable spirit to rise and shine with the sun. Go get 'em, Little Morning Bird!

*One more interesting tid-bit about Morning Bird and the Doodle Process:

This doodle did NOT go smoothly! I actually had a worry that it might be the first Daily Doodle that just didn't work. I was exhausted, and didn't really know what I wanted to doodle or with what materials. I started moving a pencil around on the page, and didn't see ANYTHING I wanted to play with for the longest time. Then... there was an egg.

And this little bird full of trepidation started coming out of its shell.  So, in the end, it was perfectly fitting that a doodle having a hard time emerging from the page would become a bird having a hard time emerging from its shell. When anything is possible, it can be awfully scary to begin sometimes...