Working through “Artist’s Block”… Help me choose the top 4 birds for a limited edition suite of prints while I am waiting for the block to pass.

Quick note:  Thanks to all those who have responded to my post below thus far.  Your feedback has been immensely helpful and interesting, some true surprises!  I will get back to everyone and will continue to collect your choices through the end of the month… and my first post for July will be the announcement of the 4 lucky birds…

Original post:

For some time now I have been unable to sketch or paint, I am experiencing “Artist’s Block”.   Often, if I am facing obstacles in other areas of my life there are times when I just am unable to be creative… unable to sit at my drawing table or easel.  It is best for me to recognize this until I work things through.

2013 Unsent Letters

1.Unsent Letters

I have been contemplating creating a limited edition of prints of my work and I guess this might be the best time to  tackle it.  I’d love feedback from folks regarding which images to choose.  I have several hundred bird images but I’ve selected 18 of my favorites and would welcome help from the blogging community in choosing which to make into prints.

In appreciation, I will send a thank you card of one of my birds to each participant (please message me with your address -email or snail mail- to receive a personal card from me.)

As always, thanks so much for your support and encouragement!!!

Side by Side Crows

2. Side by Side As Crows

If wishes were

3. Inside Out

Cormorantweb

4. A Cormorant in New York Harbor

Day 331, Missing Mockingbirdweb

5. Je Suis Ici

Day 110

6. Evermore

Day Ninety-Six, Uncommon Grackle in an Unfamiliar Place

7. Untitled

Day Eighty-Four, Pretty Pink Feet

8. Pretty Pink Feet

Day Seventy-One  House Crow  In a Red Room #2

9. Indian House Crow

Day Sixty  Blackbird Looking Back 3

10. Looking Back in Blue

Day Nine

11. Butterfly Blue

Day Fifty-Seven   Mockingbird Music

12. Mockingbird Music

Day Fifty-Four  In Praise of the Pidgeon or Rock Dove 2

13. In Praise of Pigeons

Day Twenty Seven- Roni's Chickadee

14. Chickadee Peace

Day Twenty One

15. Love

Day Twelve-web

16. Remembering the Blackbirds

Day Ten

17. Delicate Balance

Day Eighty-Two, Red-Winged Blackbird

18. Red Winged

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147 Responses to Working through “Artist’s Block”… Help me choose the top 4 birds for a limited edition suite of prints while I am waiting for the block to pass.

  1. Skipp says:

    I like them all, especially the one called Chickadee Peace.

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  2. Really great works… Well done! I hope to be helpful. My favorite artwork of your beautiful collection are:
    7. Untitled
    8. Pretty Pink Feet
    10. Looking Back in Blue
    17. Delicate Balance

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  3. I like 8, 11, 14 & 16. 🙂

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  4. KG Visions says:

    2. Side by Side by Crows but love them all!

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  5. Jo Dunn says:

    3, 4, 10 and 16 – I think these would make good prints. Artist’s block will pass, don’t even think about, just do other stuff and dont beat yrself up. Your pics are great 🙂

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  6. Mike Powell says:

    My four favorites are Chickadee Peace; Pretty Pink Feet; Je Suis Ici; and Unsent Letters

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  7. annerose says:

    Yes I have the same thing, when I have difficulty in the rest of my life, art does not work either. This will pass as Jo says. I love your artwork! My favourites are 6. 8.13, 14

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  8. araneus1 says:

    5,6,12 and 17
    Terry

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  9. My favorites are Numbers 5, 6, 13, 14, 16, and 17.

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  10. 6, 14, 16, 17. Nice.

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  11. Jo Dunn says:

    look – everybody likes different ones

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  12. I vote for 1,4,8,14!

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  13. kiwiskan says:

    1,2,5 and 6. No wonder you are having trouble. I love all your birds!

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  14. Katrina Snyder says:

    Thanks for liking my new post! You do beautiful work, and my favorites are #’s 3, 8, 11, and 18. I think the composition is fantastic and they’d look great as prints. 🙂

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  15. These are all fantastic! I can see why you need some input to whittle them down even further. So here are my four votes:

    3. Inside Out
    10. Looking Back in Blue
    14. Chickadee Peace
    16. Remembering the Blackbirds

    Hope you can get over your “block” soon. I just came out of a long one myself, so I know how it feels!

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  16. RT says:

    1, 4, 16, 18 are my choices!

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  17. I really liked red winged and pretty pink feet. Nice work!

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  18. Steven Tze says:

    1. 16
    2. 13
    3. 5
    4. 8

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  19. dayya says:

    Beautiful work! My choices are: #1, #4, #5, #12, #13, #14, #15, and #17. By the way, thank you for visiting pendrifter. d:)

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  20. batgurrl says:

    Hi I vote for crow side by side and the chickadee peace Had to vote for my crows r

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  21. These are beautiful! I vote for 13, In Praise of Pigeons, as my favorite, though I like them all! Also 14, Chickadee Peace

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  22. Roka says:

    1, 14, 16, 17
    Lovely!

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  23. J M Naszady says:

    I like 1, 8, and 14 best. Different, but I think the contrast is good as well as the subject matter.

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  24. LindaRose says:

    I like Red Winged and Untitled. Both birds are beautifully done.

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  25. Ioana says:

    I like: 5,7,8,10 😉
    10 is a butterfly. if this doesn’t work then i’d go for 13

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  26. Celia says:

    6, 4, 8, and 9 get my votes. I love the bright yellow!
    It is terrible that terms like “artist’s block” and “writer’s block” were ever invented. so artificial! without these concepts, we would write or not write, create or not create, with more acceptance of our condition. is there a silver lining? so often there is. . . .

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  27. 1, 4, 6, 9, 14, 16 Are my faves and I think they would form a coherent collection. You style is really lovely.

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  28. I’d love to receive a card of your wonderful work. Here’s my email vampitup@live.co.uk drop me a line and I’ll give you my address.

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  29. littlepinkdove says:

    I am partial to #8-Pretty Pink Feet for obvious reasons (littlepinkdove). The other three I like the best are #10-Looking Back in Blue, #13-In Praise of Pigeons and #16-Remembering the Blackbirds.

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  30. I would pick 3, 7, 13 and 18. I hope you beat the block!
    James Gardner Art

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  31. gFlow says:

    pretty pink feet for me.
    nice work!
    greetings from Athens!

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate your stopping by and sharing your impressions. I love Athens, I was there last June as I have family there. I hope to be back soon. All the best, Dawn/ Αγυι

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thanks you! Athens, I love your city and have family there and I was there last June. I saw my first Magpie in the Greek Agora.

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  32. mindspiracy says:

    I think you should take 1, 3 and 16. A lot of them are great, but these are the most inspiring and visual breathtaking pieces.

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  33. Planting Potatoes says:

    great sketches…but I like #7 and #14 the best….!

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  34. 1, 10, 16, 18 but all are lovely!

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  35. slmann says:

    Hard to choose, but I like “love”. Beautiful drawings!

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  36. Pretty pink feet is my favorite, but they are all delightful!

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  37. Liza Paizis says:

    I love them all! I especially like Remembering the Blackbirds – it is so whimsical and original 🙂

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  38. bluesewncat says:

    My favourite is ‘pretty pink feet’. I really like your work, especially how in ‘pretty pink feet’ there are lines if white in it, I also love the detail in the feet. I’m a sucker for illustration detail and watercolour though!

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    • sketchjay says:

      Oh Thanks so much! Pretty Pink Feet is one of my favorites. Originally I left the body white in which case the feet were the prominent detail on the drawing – later I added the patterns. Thanks for this!

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  39. pelly*made says:

    If I had to choose (it’s very hard for me…)…mmm… I’d say 3, 10,14,16… but I also like 17!

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  40. cynthiamcampbell says:

    These are all so lovely, but my top few are:
    Chickadee Peace
    Remembering the Blackbirds
    Unsent Letters
    Delicate Balance
    Cormorants in New York Harbor
    Evermore
    Not necessarily in that order; these birds share particular grace, motion and color/mood that is striking. Thank you for sharing!

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  41. 4, 8, 13 for me! And thanks for stopping and liking my blog about the Mourning Doves!

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  42. Lee says:

    14 is my favorite, Chickadee Peace. They are all good, but that one hits my fancy.

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  43. Meg says:

    What gorgeous birds. My top four (and it was hard to choose) are:

    3. Inside Out – I’m a horsey person so it appealed to me
    6. Evermore – I can’t put my finger on it, but this one grabs my attention hugely!
    10. Looking Back in Blue – I love the design aspect of this one, how the patterns overlap the bird.
    14 – Chickadee Peace – I notice this has been a favourite of everyone, but I love the colours and the glow effect of the birds body.

    They’re all beautiful. I love how you have made ordinary garden birds look magical and extraordinary.

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    • sketchjay says:

      This is so sweet – thank you… Evermore is one of a series of drawings I made with the Magpie in this pose – I really was drawn to the pose and enjoyed working on this piece. Thanks again. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts.

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    • sketchjay says:

      Hi Meg,
      To answer your 2nd question, I paint typically from photos that I have taken or in some cases that others have taken. I am so delighted to be the recipient of many awesome photos sent to me by bloggers since I started this blog! Sometimes I start a drawing or painting and I take a break and go back to it weeks or months or years later. Once I realized this I started a W.I.P. file which is chock full of drawing and painting attempts that never got resolved. They are pretty bad most of them but I keep them and occasionally I look for inspiration or one teeny tiny detail to build on… Thanks for your support!

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  44. Mishatsky says:

    3 is my absolute favourite:)

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  45. 2 or 7:
    delicately powerful

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  46. I like Pretty pink feet as well! What a great idea to get some feedback for your work! Thanks for visiting my blog… 🙂

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  47. Like In Praise of Pigeon and Red-winged the best.

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  48. StillWalks says:

    1,3,5,8,13. I know that’s 5 but what the hell! 🙂

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  49. I like 1,2,4,5. Thanks for stopping by!

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  50. I especially like your crows/ravens. That’s probably because they hang out in my back yard. Re artist/writer block, check out a poetry blog, laurencamp@gmail.com/whichsilkshirt. Block and what to do about is a common topic there.

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    • sketchjay says:

      Thank you so much for this. Actually Crows and Magpies are my favorites! It is so nice of you to share this poetry blog – I will definitely check it out!Thanks again!

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  51. Karen says:

    It seems I remember the same thing happening last year. Maybe, it’s not writers block, but only you need to give yourself a vacation every no and them?

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    • sketchjay says:

      I think you are spot on Karen! Sometimes we just need to allow our selves a break from the routine. I will admit though, sometimes if it takes too long to get back into the
      “creative place” it feels like it will never come back!

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  52. Carol says:

    Have you thought of submitting these to the USPS for a series of stamps? They would be wonderful!

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    • sketchjay says:

      Hi Carol,
      Well, I never thought about this before but am looking into it now. It seems to be a very lengthy process but you never know! Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and for the sweek suggestion.
      All the best!
      Dawn

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  53. You are very clever! I think number 3 is very special.

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  54. Your work is both unusual and beautiful. My choice is Je Suis Ici – so delicate and understated. Best of luck with your project; I hope the large response to this post inspires you!

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    • sketchjay says:

      Hi Mary,
      Thank you for this! Je Suis Ici is a very important image for me I am so glad you like it – I am very inspired and very encouraged by all of the support and great community I have found through sharing my art.

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  55. Great collection! I can imagine a gallery dedicated to these (would make a great show)…so nice. I think I like #7 the best.
    Patty

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    • sketchjay says:

      Wow! Thanks so much Patty!
      I would like to hang them all (more than 100) in one space at least once. I am open to suggestions as I look for resources that could accommodate the whole collection. All the best,
      Dawn

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  56. I’m an artist in Staten Island who also likes birds and uses them in my art. Good pictures.

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  57. Anne Cadoret says:

    6, 14, 16 & 17 get my vote. Love vibrant colour

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  58. MRG says:

    These are amazing! They remind me, in their patterns, colours and bird theme, of the portguese tiles.
    xo Marez
    http://cantcooksowhat.com

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  59. charwerth says:

    evermore and looking back in blue are really cool! Great job on all.

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  60. Love them all ….but! 1,4,6 and 16

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  61. Janet Noble says:

    They’re all beautiful but my faves are 4,6,14 & 16.

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  62. Je suis ici love it!

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