Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Studio Helper
Most of you probably don't know I do most of my work with a little green bird on my shoulder. We got in the habit, he and I, of having him sit on me while I paint and now he won't let me do otherwise.
He knows the time of day when I normally paint and will alert me that this is HIS time. Mostly, it works very well. He sits, he preens, he tries very hard not to leave little presents on my back. Other times, he tries to bite my brush. But, after a gentle (or not so gentle) warning that he will be returned to his cage he reluctantly returns to his perch on my shoulder, nestling into my hair. Probably heaving a little bird sigh.
His name is Rudy and he is a green cheek conure. We call him a "he" but we actually don't know.
A little portrait I made for my husband this last year. Rudy immortalized.