Saturday, September 3, 2016

Interruptions

I saw the crows fly up to the trees when I drove up to the dam today. They don’t normally hang around the park. Then I saw the popcorn scattered on the ground.
The crows busied themselves in the trees until I too was interrupted: a motorist’s car battery had died. I was able to help her (and the crows could finish their breakfast!)


Crow
09-03-16
ink, charcoal
Crow in tree
09-03-16
ink, charcoal

Friday, August 26, 2016

Drawings of Birds

We are experiencing a most humid and extended canicule. It's hard to remain motivated and our febrile brains boil in their sun-baked containers. There have been a few respites here and there but it is one of the hottest Summers in recorded time. Water still flows over the dam though, despite the drought, and ducks, geese and sandpipers have converted this place into their parade ground.

The swans keep their distance however. Great Blue Herons soar overhead en route to quieter corners. A kingfisher purposefully dashes about in contrast to the indulgent infighting of the noisy mallards. Interestingly, a small noisy tribe of goldfinches has taken to foraging in the exposed river bed.

I wonder what September will bring?

Canada Goose
08-11-16
ink, colored pencil
Mallards before the dam
08-11-16
ink, pencil
Two Ducks, rain
08-02-16
ink
composition
07-29-16
charcoal, ink
Trees rise up behind two mallards on top of the dam.
08-19-16
ink, charcoal



Friday, July 29, 2016

Low Water

It seems a bit early in the year to have such low water in the river. I'm not concerned and I presume that this is simply the variability of the seasons. In my limited experience, August and September are usually months of low water …then tropical storms and hurricanes come and fill things up again.

What I am concerned about is the rapid rise and fall of the river's water level whenever we have a significant rain. It's probably due to increases in all manner of human development in the watershed. Also of concern is an increase in algae growth. This, once again is due almost exclusively to landowners relentlessly fertilizing grassy lawns and old septic systems.

Nevertheless, the low water always comes at a time when mallards are fully fledged and feeding on mats of algae and other slimy plant growths on the now-exposed face of the South Natick dam. It's fun to watch their antics as they clamor up and down like nimble feathered alpinists.

07-26-17
pencil
07-27-16
ink, charcoal
07-27-16
ink, charcoal
07-29-16
ink, charcoal, conté

Friday, July 8, 2016

Full of Life

It's July and the river is full of life. Birds are everywhere and I try to draw a few of them from time to time. I hope you like them.

Canada Goose
07-04-16
chalk, ink
Great Blue Heron
07-05-16
ink, charcoal
Great Blue Heron
06-30-16
ink, charcoal
Three Goslings
07-01-16
chalk, ink
Young Geese
07-03-16
ink, charcoal
The view downriver: ducks, heron
07-07-16
ink, colored pencil



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Vegetation & Ink

These are from the latter pages of my June 2016 sketchbook. I bought this sketchbook in Liege, Belgium: unsized, cream colored Lana spiral bound. It took some getting used to the absorbent paper. If you're curious about the ink used here, I'll do my best to describe it: It's a combination of a bunch of things. Really pretty bad things: dark gray fabric paint that contains mica or glitter, some sort of deep purple iridescent craft ink, dregs of some FW Hookers Green acrylic ink, dregs of whatever was in the jar before it started to run low. I diluted it more because the paper was so thirsty. Now it's nice. Kind of silvery and it never gets too dark too fast. That's where the charcoal or litho crayon comes in. Shop talk. :)

The Utility Pole
06-20-2016
ink, charcoal
Christina's Garden
06-19-2016
ink, charcoal
The Island
06-17-2016
ink, charcoal
Reid State Park, Maine
06-18-2016
ink, charcoal, colored pencil
Reid State Park, Maine
06-18-2916
ink, charcoal

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