Sunday, October 20, 2013

BLOGTOBERFEST13 (Day 20) Exhausted from hatching, resting, preparing for what's next

EXHAUSTED AFTER HATCHING (Art by Hallelujah Truth, Decatur, Georgia)
Hallelujah for collaborating with Jenifer Hilburn, amazing woman and ornithologist on St. Catherines Island, Georgia, on the story of the American oystercatcher's life-cycle! 

I continue to be fascinated by what I see when I peer at photographs that Jen has sent me from her work in assisting the American oystercatcher in its life-cycle. There is so much to explain, but it is a busy Sunday for me and I must run out of my lovely home with my Chiboogamoo (aka Tony Martin) and into this beautiful fall day.

My question for you today is this? Why take a real life photograph of a baby American oystercatcher and make an illustration of it? What is the function? What is the result? These images of my art that I am posting today have not yet reached the "height" of my imagination that I intend. 

However, I am sharing my process of this series with you. It involves some risk taking of letting you into the various "awkward" stages as I go.
EXHAUSTED AFTER HATCHING (photo by Jenifer Hilburn on St. Catherines Island, Georgia)
EXHAUSTED AFTER HATCHING (inverted on photoshop) (Art by Hallelujah Truth, Decatur, Georgia)
RESTING AFTER HATCHING (art by Hallelujah Truth, Decatur, Georgia)

RESTING AFTER HATCHING (photo by Jenifer Hilburn on St. Catherines Island, Georgia)

I am so in love with Jen's images that I have difficulty sharing them with a wider public. But it is a privilege to have access to these images of the American oystercatcher's life. These are precious images of a precious animal. Will it continue to live in our world? In part, it is up to all of us and the actions we are willing to take to make the world thrive.That's Coffee with Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me. Tell me how much you too love Jen's photos!


  1. Why do you have difficulty sharing the photos? And your interpretations of them are charming and have an immediacy facilitated by their compositional focus that the lab photos just can't capture. You're long attention to these short moments gives them weight and relevancy.

  2. Melissa! You make my heart sing! I guess I was thinking that I am inviting comparison between my images and the photos and viewers will find my drawings lacking. Thank you for sharing your perspective and giving me vocabulary yo express what I do. You are such a fabulous wordsmith.

  3. Hey Ruth, Why do illustrations when there is a photo available you ask? For me your drawing heightens the viewer's focus and highlights the bird, and its experience of exhaustion. The photo is good, but all the detail hits me at once, without the emphasis on key ideas that your drawing brings. Love this process journey...