The king sparrow

November 1, 2015

Today seems like such a liminal day. Halloween is over and suddenly the red cups have arrived at Sbux…you know what I mean? Nov 1st seems to the the start of the Christmas season, but to me it feels like it’s being pushed ahead of its time. But we are standing on the threshold, aren’t we?

Does anybody feel like that?

Boy it’s dark outside! The time’s changed and suddenly there’s no daylight. But happily, Robert and I no longer have to try to adjust our schedules (daylight savings ended a week ago in England and it always throws our day off.)

I took this photo in the middle of the afternoon.

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It stopped tipping it down for about 15 minutes just after lunch and so I took a walk to the international magazine and newspaper store about a mile away. I stayed looking at some wonderful French house porn and British garden porn magazines, and by the time I walked out of the store, it was tipping it down again.


But you know what’s so fantastic about the rain? The tannins in the fallen leaves leave beautiful natural eco prints of leaf shadows all along my walk.

Back home there is no way to coax Morgan out on a day like today. She’s such a girly cat and even hates a dew, let alone a November monsoon, but the nice thing is that she loves to cuddle.

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And I’ve done something…which I might come to regret…I’ve signed up for that Nano-poblano thing, and I’m planning on writing a blog post/day all thru November. My reasoning is that I’ll paint, I’ll photograph and I’ll write if there’s pressure for me to do that. I love deadlines. Nothing like deadlines to get me going.

So, in honour of this liminal space, I’ve spent the afternoon in the studio and painted a sparrow, the commonest of all sparrows, a house sparrow. Yes, he hasn’t flown south for the winter, he’ll soldier on among the late autumnal leaf litter and the early Christmas finery. I’ve put him on an old music page from a 1920’s song book. It’s called Whispering Hope. Hope that the brave sparrow will be alright over winter. It’s a dual vocal song to celebrate this liminal space at the ending of one season and the beginning of another. And lastly, I’ve given him a golden crown. The king sparrow. So that he might guide his bird kingdom until the spring, until the warmth comes again.

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Announcing a new Drawing Challenge : Liminal, plus a little brain food

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  • Reply pegsplace November 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I love your birds Veronica. I have such a flock coming to my bird feeders here in northern Quebec. Beautfiul! I look forward to seeing your paintings through November.

  • Reply Dana Fulton November 1, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    All hail the King!! Love this one!

  • Reply sarah November 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I so much love that king sparrow. And I love the photo of your sitting room also.

  • Reply Ariane Reichard November 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Love that sparrow king!
    Dear Veronica,
    ‘liminal’ sounds like a fantastic theme for our drawing challenge, thank you! Call me in 🙂
    xo Ariane

    • Reply Veronica November 3, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Hooray! 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein November 2, 2015 at 4:10 am

    i love the morning dark, i hate when we adjust the clocks and i walk to the subway in bight light .. its off putting .. and the cats, oh my, the cats really hate the time change, their tummy clocks say feed me NOW … this morning they were in/out of the bedroom beginning at 3ish and i refuse to get up before 5 …. i dont care whether its DST or ‘regular time’ i am not getting up before 5 … sigh

    • Reply Veronica November 3, 2015 at 6:11 am

      Oh man, cats! I know the feeling. Happy for me, mine are thrown allowed outside. 😀

  • Reply Melodye Shore November 2, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Liminal is a great theme–count me in! P.S. I so love that kingly sparrow…and suspect you knew that I would. 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 3, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Oh, I’m so glad you’re in Melodye. Love catching up over creative things. 😀

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm November 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    That sparrow is just beautiful V. I love the pic of Chloe and Morgan .. so lovely. Aren’t you lucky that she likes a cuddle. I just adore cuddly cats … Those leaves are quite beautiful too – what a lovely picture they make. Hugs

    • Reply Veronica November 3, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Aw, thank you Julie. Morgan can be very sweet and cuddly and also totally true to her Morgana name!!! 😀

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