Thursday, May 28, 2020

More Bird Shapes

I think I am still shaking of the residue of winter: all that time with no birds. Just water, stone structures and barren trees. The truth is that wildlife is still a bit sparse at the dam. No ducks, a few geese. A heron or cormorant come and and go. Fortunately, robins, starlings, flycatchers and red-wing blackbirds are plentiful. And the earth is green so I have plenty to draw. I really shouldn't complain!
04-21-20-cormorant
04-21-20-heron03
04-24-20-heron
04-27-20-robin
05-03-20-robins-02
05-05-20-hawk
05-06-20-heron01
05-08-20-swan03
05-10-20-swan01-d2
05-23-20-starling02
05-26-20-grackle

Friday, May 1, 2020

Bird Shapes

04-16-20-sparrow
ink, pastel
04-27-20-flycatcher
charcoal, ink, oil pastel
04-11-20-robin
charcoal, ink, chalk
04-19-20-grackles
ink, mixed media
04-08-20-grackle
ink

Friday, April 10, 2020

The swan

Mute swan
04-09-20
ink, pastel
04-10-20
charcoal, conté pencil
work in progress
04-09-20
04-09-20-swan02
ink, pastel, chalk

Friday, April 3, 2020

First Herons

Great blue heron
04-02-20-heron
pastel, ink
I've seen a great blue heron at the dam this week. The drawing above was made as I was about to leave and I drew with what was closest at hand: orange pastel and diluted ink. My hands were a mess when I quit!

Looking back through my sketches of years past, this year seems to be the earliest sighting. Below are earliest herons from previous years (not scientific!).

2019: April 28
04-28-19-heron
2018: April 7
04-07-18-heron
2017: April 6
04-06-17-heron
2016: May 17
05-17-16-heron
2015: June 13
06-13-15-heron
2014: May 22
05-22-14-heron
2013: May 2
05-02-13-heron
2012: June 12
06-12-12-heron
2011: May 17
05-17-11-heron
2010: May 14
05-14-10a-heron

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Drawing in the Rain

Lately, I've been writing about what I do. One of the statements I find myself repeating is that I don't mind drawing in the rain. It's quieter and there are fewer people about; I can concentrate a bit more easily. The main reason is that I like the unpredictable quality that the rain brings. I've learned though to take a picture of the work before I go home. Oftentimes the drawing is just barely there and by the time I get home, it has blotted into a pale gray blob. Here are few examples.

03-29-20-log
pastel
03-29-20-dam
pastel
02-11-20-bridge
charcoal
01-05-19-willow01
ink, charcoal
04-23-19-bridge
charcoal
04-26-19-geese02
ink
05-14-19-flycatcher
charcoal

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