Consult About ...-- Shirley's America Travel Diary 136 & 552nd Friendly Greeting - March 19, 2017

How are you? Have you had a good week? Are you enjoying your weekend? .

This is just a short note to say Hello to you and to keep in touch with you; also, this is a short letter to consult a problem on American State Birds.

As I had told you in my last letter that since Feb 19, I have started to create My American State Birds Series the third time according to My First & Second Design which I did May to July in Beijing in 2016 and would like to complete in the USA in 2017.

Even though a lot of unexpected accidents happened to me in the end of 2016 so that I could not start it until Feb 19, I have completed 21 birds of the 113 birds.

Something now confused me is that I am not sure I should just paint the state birds of Nevada with the light gray and white bellies or I should paint the female birds with brown chests? I know its state bird is mountain blue bird, but I do not know it is just the male mountain blue bird or both of the male and female mountain blue birds?

With the same problem, I am also confusing on the state birds of Idaho.

I have checked much data about it, but the pictures I have collected are just the male mountain blue birds with the light grey and white chests and bellies.

Do you know it should be both or not? Could you please let me know your idea about it?

To be honest, if they are both, I will be glad to change some of the birds with brown chests and it will be better to look after the colors of the other birds around of them. Right?

Although I do not satisfy the birds which I have done for Nevada and Alaska yet, for I do not think I should paint so many mountain blue birds for the Nevada State and I do not think I should use Chinese Mogu Painting Style to paint the birds for Alaska, I am going to continue to work on the other states’ bird but re-create them after I complete whole of the creating jobs 3rd times.

Jinan University Press has sent two versions of their cover designs for my publications and asked my opinions. What is your comments about it? If you were me, which one would you like to choose?

Anyway, both of my birds and the cover designs are below and hope to bring you a big smile and hope to get your friendly responding. :-)

Photo Notes:

No.1: Miss Marin who is a sophomore of a college and a missionary and I in the classroom of her church.

No.2: A teacher who gave us a lesson how to protect us in the bad weather, such as a tonato at OTC.

No.3: Mr.John Ervin who is a missionary and volunteer English teacher not only gave me a ride, but also offer us a wonderful oral English lesson in his church.

No.4: Miss Smith did not only arranged someone to pick up me to their church, but also she and Miss Martin gave us a listening exercises on Bible in person.

No.5: The American Girl in the green clothes not only helped us to talk in English in the classroom, but also she gave me a ride and a little sprayer for proctecting myself.

No.6: Mrs. Qing Qing Yan who is the owner of a Chinese Restaurant Yan's did not only give me an offer at her house when the gas and power out in a freeze weather in 2016, but also she bought some food for me from Wal-mart in the snowy weather in 2017... For expressing so many appreciations in my heart, I invited her to choose 2 of my paintings as a memory.

No.7: Mr. Carissa kept learing Chinese poem from me.

I am just a student on Arts of Painting, Music, English and Management, to work on the web site in my free time. I would really like to do somethings with what I have learned to make this little web site to be an Electronic Bridge of Cross - Culture and Comprehensive Arts, Language & Friendship. To help the others and this world while improving myself and realizing my own value of life.

I would really like to appreciate you for your understanding, directions, supports and help.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you are welcome to write to or leave your message on Message Board.


Shirley Yiping Zhang
March 19, 2017 (American Time)


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