Haven't blogged for a while, I'm afraid. Time and all that. Spent day in studio, drawing some starlings from photos I have taken or found. Also found out that Mozart had a starling in a cage. Apparently this is a well known fact. I found a poem that suggested that Mozart found a starling in a shop, heard it singing the allegretto theme from his own piano concerto in G-major and had to buy it. Although it is suggested that Mozart taught the bird the theme and then bought it. Mad story, but as I said, a well known fact....apparently! Although I have never really engaged with classical music, I listened to this and found I quite liked it. Have downloaded from itunes and I think I am listening to it at the moment! Very difficult with classical music, it's all movements and number and things. Whatever I am listening to, it is lovely piano.
I also found out that Coleridge had written about "Starlings in vast flight drove along like smoke.....some moments glimmering, shivering, dim and shadowy, thickening, deepening, shadowy".
I have also spent time drawing mistletoe, growing from the branch. It is a piece I picked up in Bedfordshire, that had been chopped from the tree. I love mistletoe, as I have mentioned before in this blog. It'll be coming into its own now, in Somerset, and so will the starlings. Something else I found out today, mistletoe extract has been used in trials to help with cancer and HIV cures.