A spectacular warm evening tonight, so I put on my athletic togs and had a nice long walk, taking in the sights of early spring in Norman, Oklahoma. Crocuses and daffodils were coming up, quince buds ready to pop, and in the park near our house a brigade of the local Unicycle and Juggler’s Club was single-wheeling and triple-tossing in the balmy air.
As I turned down another tree-lined neighborhood I got a glimpse of what was- inexplicably- a dog on a roof. “cool” I thought. “a dog on a roof”. Strolling closer, I could see it wasn’t just any dog, it was a standard poodle. “Cool- a poodle on a roof”. Then it got better. There were two of them, both brown poodles- a matched brace of brown poodles. And then- wait for it- they were wearing matching yellow bandanas. I had a moment…I was in the presence of some mystery of the universe. The poodles were serene, unruffled, poised; they looked down their long noses at me. I basked in their disdain for a moment, turned and walked lightly away, feeling at one with unreality.
If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been updating Drawing the Motmot for the last few days, trying out things, taking them down again, trying other things, leaving them up. Sorry about the mess. But there’s more function now, and that means more fun. Check out the new drop-down menus with many, many sketchbooks. Now you can browse easel paintings, videos and sound clips, watch a gray-winged trumpeter interrupt my drawing session in the Amazon, listen to a tinamou sing in Panama. If I get brave I may add the infamous botfly video. More content will be added in the coming months, and I hope you’ll give me your feedback and tell me what you’d like to see here. I’m all ears. Thanks for coming by!