Bouquet – Illustration Friday

A few weeks ago I opened my drapes early in the morning to witness three skunks moving towards my backdoor where I stood inside. A sense of hush and stillness came over me.  I observed these musketeers investigate my yard and deck, probably for a cozy winter home.

So glad that I refrained from opening the door or knocking on the glass. Though these skunks didn’t leave an odor, I thought that a floral air freshener was still a nice idea.

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Bouquet – of skunks or a floral bouquet


The colourul bird is meant to brighten up the silence in the air.

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ADVENTURE – Illustration Friday

This weeks theme ADVENTURE –

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Pull in the colour and adventure for life.

The Fall season in Calgary has been spectacular, lovely weather. I spend much of my time on Nose Hill, observing life and with the Halloween season here I thought that a bit of Nature and child like behavior would document the ADVENTURES that I’ve been having this Fall.

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STUFFED – Illustration Friday

This weeks theme “stuffed” with Illustration Friday.

I usually FEEL stuffed from thanksgiving dinner and my dog Charlie loves his STUFFIES (plush toys). However for the past week I’ve been stuffing bags with Fall leaves, and my friend and I got talking about the personalities of Roosters. So here they are a Stuffed bag with a Rooster Strutting his stuff.

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STAR – Illustration Friday

Star by Susan Fae Haglund

Star is the theme of the week, Illustration Friday, I’ve been a little slow at getting it up and out but here they are my Northern Flickers, five pointing beaks with a five pointed star. Though they aren’t night birds their formal black velvet like necklace and their splash of red on the back of their neck along with the striking beaks made me think of the evening STAR.

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INK – Illustration Friday

This week with Illustration Friday the theme is “Ink”.

My inspiration came from Nose Hill Park, where I visit every day to stay healthy, mentally and physically. This natural park area is 11 square kilometers, a vast amount of wildlife live there including birds.

Every Fall season, Crows migrate south, and there are huge congregations of them that meet on the hill. It seems that the Magpies can be very curious about their travel plans and try to slip into the murder of crows unnoticed. But, really crows know their kind and usually scream at the crow want-a-be to get out.

It is fascinating to watch, and create stories like I did here with the Magpies  spilling or dripping ink onto each others to camouflage their beautiful coloured feathers, in order to slip into the black crowds of crows.

Magpies trying to disguise themselves as Crows.

Magpies trying to disguise themselves as Crows.

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Prize – Illustration Friday

Theme for this week with Illustration Friday is PRIZE

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The song that adds colour to the world is a true PRIZE.

Prize by Susan Fae

 This song bird has attracted an audience of many different birds from the city.

The PRIZE song.

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Mermaid – Illustration Friday

Last weeks theme “Mermaid”

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mermaid by Susan Fae Art

Something is fishy about a woman with fins. This is my entry for this weeks theme, more work to be done on Mermaid.  More to come….

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Villain – Illustration Friday

Cedar Waxwings are masked Villains


I love Cedar Waxwings they travel in flocks or Gangs in this case.


I never finished this drawing, it takes time to include all the gang members working away at clearing the berries off of a Mountain Ash tree.vilian

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OLD – Illustration Friday


OLD growth Forest with a New Song

Every week Illustration Friday puts out a new theme for Illustrators to be motivated by, this week it was “old”. I have no idea how to draw an OLD bird (that being my thing) other than jokingly putting my face into an illustration.

OLD forest slipped into the background of these lovely Song Birds.

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WORK – Illustration Friday

September 4, 2015  ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY


Working Birds building a home.

Working Birds building a home.



You’ve heard of the term “worker Bee” but have ever observed birds building a nest? They work!

Birds will work in teams and build multiple homes in a short period of time, their nests are amazingly strong because of the intricate design and use of materials. They build multiple nests for the same reason humans look at many home before deciding which one to buy; is it in a friendly neighbourhood, are there grocery stores near by, safety and so on.

My submission for the WORK theme is based on my studies of birds and their movements, they use their feet and beaks to manipulate small objects, they communicate in a quiet yet efficient way.

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