Day 2: I hadn't even heard of Picathartes gymnocephalus until I started reading more about David Attenborough. This is the bird that inspired his first major nature-travel show- Zoo Quest, where he traveled to remote spots to collect animal species for the London Zoo. Now Picathartes gymnocephalus seems so special and precious. I am such a huge fan of David Attenborough and it's been really gratifying, not to mention inspiring, to read more about his amazing life and career and find that he really is as wonderful as you'd hope. This painting is for sale here.
Day 3: I'm doing my best to represent as many perching-bird families as possible. I've mapped out the month day by day with family names, and I knew I would include a bunting. An Instagram commenter pointed out painted buntings to me and I knew these had to be the ones. This painting is for sale here.
Day 4: I've painted so many wrens over the years that when I came to the wren family on my list I wasn't feeling that excited. I chose to paint the grey-breasted wood wren because its distinct head markings looked like a fun new challenge. This painting is for sale here.
Day 5: I thought of painting a blue jay to represent the jays, but the Steller's jay was calling to me. This painting is for sale here.