While living in Baton Rouge, I saw the most beautiful bamboo birdcage that I had to have. So I figured I would get a bird to go in it and picked out the tiniest bird they had.
Bird Fear Revealed After the Purchase of a Pet Bird
Came home from the pet store with the bird in a cardboard birdhouse with holes. The cage I bought had a hinged roof that provided an opening from the top and a cute little door with a gate that slid up and down.
I tried to drop the bird into the cage from the box provided from the store; he fell in, but flew right out of the little door that I had forgotten to close.
This is the moment that I figured out that I was afraid of birds. He flew frantically into each wall of the apartment desperately trying to find the way out. I fell to the floor and my whole body shook uncontrollably. I was afraid of him and that he might break his little neck at the same time.
A Call to the Pet Store
I reached up from the floor to get the phone to call the pet store to find out how to catch him. The pet store lady said that I need to wait until he sits down and sneak up behind him and grab him.
Since I knew there was no way I was going to touch the little bird, I called my then boyfriend, John, to come over and catch the bird. When he got there, he held a flat sheet open, the bird flew into the sheet and there was nothing to it. He placed the bird in the cage with the small door closed.
I told my brother Karl the story and he cried.
Drawing Dark Values is Key
This colored pencil drawing was in my father’s collection and I barely remember it at all, in fact when he showed it to me I was surprised.
It was my intention for the trees to be in silhouette, but I had a problem with adding enough value in my drawings then. That must have been around 1992 or so.
I have added the value digitally after the fact with my GIMP program. See the original drawing below.