Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dead Duck

08-05-18
ink
08-05-18
ink
Last Sunday, I was drawing the ducks in the water below the bridge. It was nice. I was working on large sheets of paper (27 x 32 inches) in ink. I had done two drawings. And then I saw the dead duck lying on the stone wall of the bridge. It was perfect and I expected it to shake itself off and fly away. But it was stone dead. No more flying for this poor creature.

I wondered how it had died. Did it miscalculate and crash into the stone wall? Maybe it came up over the wall only to slam into a truck or car passing by? I'll never know.

It's death looked instantaneous. A small trickle of blood had seeped from its bill and dried on the granite blocks. Everything else about it was unruffled and gently curved. No feather seemed out of place and its marvelous orange feet were folded neatly tucked close to its sides. There were jewels of dew on its breast and I could appreciate the fantastically fine texture of the feathers on the duck's head and neck.

I felt anger. My anger and sadness surged and I resumed drawing: a preening duck, it's wing raised in a defiant "fuck you!" I didn't have the heart (or stomach) to nudge it off the wall and to a watery grave. I came back on Monday and made this drawing. By Tuesday, someone or some thing had moved the carcass and it was nowhere to be seen.

And, as you can guess, all the other ducks down below on either side of the bridge could have cared less. They just went on preening and squabbling and getting on with Life. My life, on the other hand, paused.

08-06-18
charcoal
Duck, preening
08-05-18
ink



Friday, July 27, 2018

The Bridge

There are four stone arches that comprise the Eliot Bridge. It's always an intriguing motif to study. I must have over one hundred drawings of it. Here are some random favorites.
The bridge crosses the Charles River which flows through the Boston suburbs on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. I frequently see ducks, geese, herons, cormorants, fish and less frequently: fisher cats, raccoons and foxes. People too! It's a good picnicking spot and fishing hole.

08-23-17

05-16-15
06-14-17
04-13-16
05-26-18
02-10-17
11-03-14
01-14-17
05-14-13

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Horizontal

Here are some drawings I made in the past few days. I do them quickly: 30-40 minutes at the most. They are drawn on 11 x 17 inch sheets of copier paper. So there ya go.
Mallards at the base of the dam
07-14-18
charcoal, ink
Geese on top of the dam
07-14-18
ink
The walnut tree and the island
07-17-18
charcoal, ink
Logjam
07-18-18
charcoal
Four mallards
07-18-18
charcoal, ink

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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