Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A fine day


Every morning, I begin my walk with a sense of adventure, wondering what I'll see as I wander about. Although there are days when not much seems to be happening, most of the time there's a least one thing that inspires me to draw or to ask questions or both. Some days there's so much going on that it's hard to contain myself! That's how it was one day in September, when there seemed to be excited activity wherever I walked. Joining in the spirit of things, I had a blast sketching birds as they moved about the edge of the woods gathering food. First year birds chased each other wildly through the trees. A pair of young juncos flew so close that I could hear their wings beat as the sped past me. A Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) spent a good ten minutes demolishing an oak apple gall (Andricus californicus) to eat the larvae inside. Chickadees (Poecile rufescens) traveled through the treetops in search of insects to eat and a lovely but unfamiliar song led me to my first female Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), a shy dingy yellow bird who I never would've found without hearing her first.

5 comments:

  1. Such a fantastic page of sketches! Beautiful and inspiring.

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  2. Wonderful observations and beautiful sketches to go along with the watching. May I ask what you used for those nice whites?

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  3. Thank you Robyn and Elva. Elva, the white is either gouache or M. Graham opaque Titanium white watercolor. I've been using both and don't remember which I used on this page.

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  5. beautiful sketches...wonderful blog!

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