Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Steeples & Weathervanes

New England is full of churches and church spires. I pass a few on my way to the river to draw every morning. Below are two drawings of the Eliot Church steeple. The birds like them too.
11-21-18-weathervane
charcoal, chalk
04-20-14-eliotchurch
charcoal
Starlings on the steeple
2018
Steeples and weathervanes get into my other work. Also: flags, crosses and bannerettes. They just seem to be the only way to complete a spire. This gets redundant but I can't seem to stop myself.

12-25-09b
watercolor, ink
01-06-09a
marker, watercolor
01-09-09b
marker, latex
03-18-09a
mixed media
12-21-14b
mixed media

Friday, November 9, 2018

Starlings

Starlings are one of my favorite birds. I like their blue-collar pedigree and their creative, sociable aggressiveness. They just move into the neighborhood and get noisy and nosy and then they're off: equal opportunity starlingness. Watch out!
11-03-18-starlings
water soluble graphite
10-07-18-starling
charcoal
09-09-17-starling
ink
I know ONE person, a darling starling all fussy and fidgets, beneath those spangles a starless night sky of sapphire bleu.

04-12-15-starling
charcoal, ink
10-26-14-starlings
crayon
  

Monday, November 5, 2018

Autumn Reflections

November 3rd started gray and rainy. But in the afternoon the wind picked up and the sun came out. I was mesmerized by the reflections of the colorful trees as they were mauled by playful windy cat's paws.

Production note: most of the drawings shown here are smallish (in a sketchbook, 8 1/2 x 11"). The bottom drawing shown here is larger and was done in about 15 minutes.
The Charles River flows over the South Natick Dam

11-03-18-reflections01
pastel, charcoal
11-03-18-reflections02
pastel, charcoal
11-05-18-island
pastel, charcoal, ink

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