Day 314: Something Beautiful—The Pheasant

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Each November, at some point in time, I remember the first snow of the season and the field pheasants hidden in furrowed corn stalk stumps. For a long time, a family friend came to walk the fields hoping to leave with the autumn trophy. Dad would hunt and bring to our table what we did not realize was a delicacy. As children, our interest was in the beautiful tail feathers that were parsed out.

Well into this year’s month, pheasants came to mind this morning. I’m not much for wildlife paintings, but this watercolor looks much like my memories. Beautiful memories. Beautiful birds.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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