A former instructor of mine stated that "To see a painting, you need a chair".
Not long ago, I did a series of mixed media works called "Dirty Birds". The works were made after spending several months observing birds, as well as visiting the ornithological collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences where I was able to hold prepared specimens.
This summer, I have had several wonderful birding experiences, but the most rewarding ones have been the sessions where I concentrated on observing the habits of one or two species. Sometimes, it takes several days and sightings to put information together; like solving a puzzle.
Over the next few weeks, I will be going back to two wonderful places - the Academy of Natural Science to study some more of the collection, and back to the Barnes Foundation (through the DeMazia Foundation) to further study "the art of seeing".