Happy Friday! Nearly the weekend! Yay! Have you ever had a drawing take on a life of its own? Meet Elvis the Robin! I am not sure at what point he began to look like Elvis, but all of a sudden he did and he has been jiggling his hips and singing blue suede shoes to me ever since! This is disappointing as l have wanted to draw a Robin for a long time, but there is something disconcerting about a Robin singing blue suede shoes.
I had to adjust his head feathers a bit at the end to try and stop it, but even with the adjustments he looks like Elvis to me!
I am not even sure if l can show the finished picture on Instagram as l have lost confidence in it. I deliberately worked on grey paper as l wanted a wintery feel. The colors are unusual for me and my OH returned home from work and said, 'what a boring bird!'. Then he added thoughtfully, ,'I don't like it as much as an American Robin and l don't care much for those truthfully,'. This cheered me up no end!
So, l summoned up my motivation and went back to work adding a beautiful snow covered branch. I was determined to finish him, even if my blue suede shoes ear worms lasted for the whole piece (and why blue suede shoes was the only song Elvis would sing l don't know!). Finally l finished and my OH's comment was that it was, 'a drab bird on an equally drab branch!'. So you see, l am very unsure about this piece.
I did relearn my lesson though that l learned a long time ago and that is that l don't like working with too many browns and greys. I thought there would be enough color in this piece to keep me happy, but there wasn't. This is a purely psychological thing for me, it quite literally affects my mood. The reason my artwork is so bright and colourful is not because l especially like bright and colourful animals (in fact my favourite garden birds are quail and sparrows, neither of which are very colourful), nor because l like to look at colourful art, but simply that working with color makes me feel happy. Working with dull colours makes me feel down.
That is the story of Elvis the Robin. He may or may not make Instagram! The next piece will be extra colourful to make up for it!!