WELCOME!!! This a monthly Art Challenge for anyone who wants to participate. Each month, I will post a poem written by me, and one or more photos relating to that poem. The photos will serve as reference photos for your artwork, which will be posted on WINDOWS TO THE WORDS ART. See complete guidelines on the right hand side bar. ENJOY!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


The Line-Up
of Feathery Little Rascals

Eastern Bluebird


Broad-billed Hummingbird
Wood Thrush

And now my corny little poem....

Sweet Tweets

The wondrous things of nature,
are too numerous for counting,
Clovered fields and pearl lagoons,
Dark green forests..snow-capped mountains.

A spotted fawn lies in the grass,
As his mother overlooks,
And two otters play their fun and games,
In a nearby gurgling brook.

A furry raccoon waddles by,
A squirrel runs here and there,
Two foxy kits play hide and seek,
Without a worldly care.

But the forest comes alive in color,
When the birds fly through the trees,
And spread their joyful tweets and trills,
On the awaiting summer breeze.

Without the gift of our feathered friends,
What a sad world..... drab and blue,
So take the time to listen up,
Their song is meant for you.

The February Challenge of Kids and Pets turned out some really delightful artwork, and you can view it by clicking HERE. I thank the artists who took time to participate. When I started this challenge, it was intended for fun, fellowship and, of course, a bit of a challenge. It was also my intent to try to post reference material that was of a universal appeal...that might be suitable for sale or gift after the challenge. So that's why you won't see city rooftops and such. That type of reference is good for developing certain skills. But this challenge is just for fun..mostly, animal, kids and nature. Although, I sure think that by painting something you enjoy painting, it brings out skills you never knew you had.
This challenge for March is "For the Birds" featuring the four reference photos above, provided by Birds and Blooms magazine.
If I had to choose a favorite magazine of all time, it is Birds and Blooms. Playboy, Mad, Artists, Omni, Time, Southwest Art, Popular Science, and TV Guide all take a back seat to Birds and Blooms. B&B displays the most exquisite photos, the most helpful information, the most ingenious ideas, and much more in a delightful, friendly, homey format, at the most reasonable rates I have ever seen. Please check it out on the internet www.birdsandblooms.com If you like nature even a little bit...you will be supremely ecstatic. And...they have monthly games and contests like building the neatest birdhouses and feeders, photo contests, caption this photo and lotsa other cool stuff..it's great!


So ruffle your feathers and get in the SPRING of things and try a little tweeter portrait. First place gets a year's subsciption to Birds and Blooms, second place, a little bird painting by me, and third, a pound of birdseed. Send your entry to windowstothewords@gmail.com by April 1.


  1. Love your poem. Looking forward to painting a bird... which one will it be?

  2. How neat, I can see all the animals and birds as you speak of them, good poem. Want to try a bird or so

  3. Your poem is uplifting (terrific) and the photos superb! I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to get back here!

  4. I can tell you are still having so much fun on this blog James! Good for you! and thanks for sharing!