Illustration Friday: Lonely

We had a little house finch nest by our back door this summer. Both parents were quite attentive to their kids and it was fun watching the child-rearing process, especially as they were learning to fly. But there was one little guy who just couldn’t get up the nerve to exit; after his siblings took off, he was all alone in the nest. He wasn’t fat and fluffy–he was more tall and gangly, sitting straight up in the nest with his wings tucked in tight, looking totally pathetic. This lasted almost three full days, with both parents diligently trying to coax him out. Finally, on day three, their persistence won out and he flew the coop!

4 responses to “Illustration Friday: Lonely

  1. Ah, I was worried in the middle of your story! So glad it turned out. 🙂 Adorable little guy! I love the colors.

  2. Lovely illo (his expression is hilarious) and great story!

  3. He does look a little lonely…and a bit shell-shocked. What a great expression he has! Cute and fun 🙂

  4. Heh! Great piece and story! Yes, I’m happy to hear the little guy eventually got going. It takes a bit longer for some of us. In fact, I have that same look on my face more often than not. “Shell-shocked”. Well said, Elizabeth! Faceing life can do that to a body. As for the technical aspects of the drawing, I like the delecate line with the lovely wash. I miss that, working digitally. Digital watercolors just can’t get that cool look/feel.

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