Kai: I just finished my very first non-fiction book! The Art of Florida Birdwatching.
Being a bird watcher all my life, I knew I wanted to create a work of non-fiction themed around my knowledge and experience. In addition to the information, I was still able to utilize my more aesthetic side, using art and photography as the pictures.
This book features over 30 species of birds that can be found right here in Florida, and includes an artistic depiction, fun facts about the bird, and stories about my personal encounters. Many were photographed at Grand Lagoon State Park, Myakka River State Park and Wakulla Springs State Park.
I really hope you enjoy this book, as it is one I am quite proud of. These are the wild birds I know best, many of which are quite dear to me. If you are interested in birds, or are just getting to know them, I hope you’ll take a look at this book and be inspired to continue your birding journey!
A big hello to all of you, and welcome to our blog again. For this month’s project, I had a bit of help from our little parakeet, Gypsy! Here she is doing one of her favorite things: enjoying the sunset.
This was a fairly simple craft, but it did take some delicate touch to make sure it came out as neatly as possible. I used some black colored cardboard as the canvas, and attached a few feathers that came from Gypsy. The parrots molt their feathers once or twice every year, and Kai keeps all the feathers, so we have quite a few!
I put them on the cardboard with some scraps of laminating vinyl, which was a careful task to keep the feathers neat and straight.
I think these arrangements turned out pretty nice, and I think Gypsy agrees.
Here is a photo of a collage I did a few years back, incorporating feathers from both Gypsy and Milo, our Quaker parakeet. It also has a few pressed flowers that Kai had picked for me, which are purple wood sorrel, a common wild plant we see here in Florida.
These were all enjoyable projects to do, and I definitely give Gypsy and Milo their due credit and thanks, since they were the ones who made the feathers!
Thank you for reading, and I send my best wishes to you all during these difficult times. Stay strong, be creative, and see you next month!
Kai: I am very excited to present my new short story for the New Year! This short story/poetry novel is about a spirit who continues to live on no matter what troubles it faces in it’s many bird lives. It was of course inspired by the avians in my life, but the idea for the tale came to me when I was listening to the empowering song, “Fully Alive” by Flyleaf. With that, I added much of my awaiting poetry to the abstract story to make it complete. However, the birds did not seem to think it was complete – A day after finishing this book, a sparrow hit our window and perished in my hands (which I have never experienced before). This moment was somber, but surreal – I took it as a sign that this story will continue to craft me, and others who care to read it. That is my hope, anyway.
I am very proud to share this book, as it is more full-length than much of what I’ve shared so far. So I hope you too, will face your phoenix this year, and claim the kind of life that is rightfully yours.
In addition to kicking off the New Year with this new book, we at Sacred Visions Studio have many plans for this year. As I did last year, I would like to once again, release one digital book a month. Arianna plans to try one new recycled craft project each month, and share it with you all. And Avery continues to develop awesome new animations/film projects.
We of course have much more than just these plans going on, and we hope to share as much of it as we possibly can.
We wish everyone a beautiful new start, and a happy, healthy, inspiring, New Year!
Here is a small collection of bird-themed art pieces I wanted to share. Hope you enjoy!
I hope to have a poetry novel about the story of this picture, finished soon. I titled this painting, “Fully Alive” after the beautiful song, “Fully Alive” by the awesome rock band, Flyleaf. It was this song that evoked the image.