Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW

Lots of birds come home to roost for the April anniversary of the original DAB-Day

Many of you may not know that Draw-a-Bird Day began because of an incident in 1943 when a seven-year-old girl visited her uncle in a war hospital in England. He had lost his leg to a land mine. You can read the whole story here:

A few years later, April 8 was established as Draw-a-Bird Day. Here in the Wednesday Studio, the 8th of every month is DAB-Day, but April 8, being the annual date, is special, as demonstrated by the record 14 birds we have this month.

As noted on the DAB-Day website, it is “celebrated world wide as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering even if only for a short time.”

Any Wednesday Studio reader is invited to submit bird art for this blog. Midnight on the 8th of every month is the deadline. Send a jpg of your work to

There you have it!

And here are the birds:

Anne Shields: Roseate Spoonbill. Pastel.
Eileen Leahy: Reddish Egret. Pastel.
Fran Tomlinson: Hooded Merganser. Pastel.
Tara Hamilton: American Kestrel. Watercolor.
Carolyn Rondthaler: Purple Galinule. Watercolor.
Linda Andreatta. Purple Gallinule. Pastel.
Pat Stocks: Hummingbird. Pastel.
Pat Evans: Sandpipers. Pastel.
Alex Welsch: Cockfright. Colored pencil. [See the source of Alex’s bird below.]
Album cover from pop singer Woodpecker Wooliams. Alex, a musician and journalist who lives in Darmstadt, Germany, has decided to use album covers as her subjects for bird art. This album was the source for Alex’s Cockfright, above.
Nancy Arbuthnot: Freedom Eagle. Watercolor, ink, and tracing paper.
Tom Eichenberger: Bird Evolution. Pen and ink.
Marian Wiseman: Dickcissel. Watercolor.

Marian Wiseman

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3 comments on “Lots of birds come home to roost for the April anniversary of the original DAB-Day

  1. Fran Tomlinson
    April 10, 2021

    As a whole, these might be the best yet. (Of course, I have a short memory.) anyway, I loved them all.


  2. kathydoremus
    April 10, 2021



    • wisemarian
      April 10, 2021

      Kathy, I am so sorry I forgot to credit your photography! I will do so in another post.


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