The Toronto artist Harold Braul we saw in a recent blog happily creating images of cyclists, also creates delightful paintings of birds. Here are a few for you to enjoy and perhaps inspire you to paint some feathered creatures.

But I am in England so I want to show you some works by English wildlife artist Wayne Westwood.

Pheasants (wawestwoodartist.com)
Barn Owl Flying (wawestwoodartist.com)
KIngfisher Preening (wawestwoodartist.com)
Kingfisher (wawestwoodartist.com)
Robin on a Rusty Gate Post (wawestwoodartist.com)
Sparrow on a Foxglove (wawestwoodartist.com)

And speaking of birds- this will fascinate you.

Dylan Winter/Dawn Productions

Birds have been an artist's delight since humans began to record what was going on around them. But did you know that starlings are up there with Picasso in terms of creative ability.

Jane passed this video of Starlings at their creative best onto me some back and I have been waiting for the perfect moment to share it with you. And this is it because I am now in beautiful England with it's glorious rolling green fields and abundant bird life - oh, and a famous artist or two!!

As I sign off tonight I have just remembered seeing the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang's amazing The Transient Landscape: Murmuration installation at the National Gallery Victoria Exhibition which ran in conjunction with the Terracotta Warriors.

Cai Guo-Qiang's work involved 10,000 suspended porcelain birds. Spiralling over visitors' heads, the birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang, and his warriors. (National Gallery of Victoria)