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|Is this Robin's Egg Blue?|
|Or this building?|
|Do you see Robin's Egg Blue here?|
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I decided to answer a challenge to use robin's egg blue in a piece of artwork. I'm painting a nest on a circular sheet of handmade paper. I plan to add drawings of robin's footprints, eggs, and some of the feathers. Feathers are so beautiful that I find it hard not to pick them off the ground when I find them and carry them home. But the American Robin is on the list of birds from the Migratory Bird Act of 1918 that makes it illegal for you to collect any of their particulars. The Act, which is updated periodically, was approved because at the time hunters were killing masses of birds to feed women's desire to decorate their hats with feathers, nests, and other bird parts. An exhibit about Degas at the San Francisco Legion of Honor showcases hats from the Impressionist era, which use a plethora of bird feathers and even an owl's head as adornments.
When I find a feather on the ground, I take a photo where I find them, check more feathers on the Internet, and try to draw their exquisite formation as closely as I can.
I've assembled most of the pieces of the painting. I'm not finished. After I submit the painting to the challenge, I am going to send it to the Treewhispers site so that Pamela Paulsrud can add it to her collection of tree stories.
Why robin eggs are blue...
Science Daily, May 27, 2016,https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160527190410.htm
Migratory Bird Act list
SF Museums of Fine Arts: https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/exhibitions
Pamela Paulsrud, Treewhispers blog:https://treewhispers.com
Peace be with you, James.