The Honkey Donkey Farm and Bird Refuge

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Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, watercolor on BFK Rives paper in handmade journal, 5X8″

As many of you know I love birds.  And who wouldn’t be excited by a large room filled with exotic plumage and bird talk! The Honkey Donkey Farm and Bird Refuge is only 7 minutes drive from my house, so when my friend Chris Carter was here teaching and visiting this week, we headed over to sketch the birds and donkeys.

You probably can’t read my handwriting in the sketch above so here’s the “translation”:

an afternoon at the Bird Exchange with Chris sketching standing up, peering into cages where 100’s of birds chattered, screamed, and even spoke English while feathers flew and poop landed 

If you didn’t have a headache when you entered the cage room, you’d certainly have one if you stayed very long.  The ear splitting racket of it all!  But Oh! the delight of the colors and expressions, and bizarre mannerisms, and extreme variety of these feathered beauties!

Soon enough we sought the fresh air outside and settled on our stools to watch the donkeys.

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Japanese brush pen and watercolor

The miniature Sicilian donkeys were grazing out in the field, and I know from experience that you don’t want to call attention to yourself as a possible food bestower or you’ll get too much attention to be able to draw.  But while I was sketching the little fellow on the left, I looked up into the prehistoric eyes of one of the two resident ostriches and got quite distracted!  Actually the donkey and the ostrich are maybe about the same size, but the Ostrich puts out a pretty intimidating vibe.

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The donkeys did finally discover us after a bit, and they started working their way over to where we were sitting, just a few at first. ..

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So out of gratitude for their being such wonderful subjects we started the feeding, and then the donkey word went out, and well, we had a lap full of the sweetest faces. . .

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Aren’t they adorable!?

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