Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oct 12 breakfast sketch

I started this early then went grocery shopping.    Bulky stuff like detergent, dishwaser soap, toilet paper.   im glad to have that out of the way so while dishes are washing I can come back to finish this little bird.   Its based on a very subtle image on page 123 in Drawing Birds.     It was so subtle I could barely see the bird.    Here he is with more contrast and enlarged..  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Birds on wires.

Another exercise from Drawing birds. P 53

Good morning bird.

This red headed bunting is my morning sketch today from Drawing Birds. P 71.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


This is the floor next to my work table.   When I flick watercolors on my little paintings I move the clipboard w painting onto my lap and flick away.    This a years worth of flicks.   I do not mop this floor. I like the speckles.

Soft green

Back in the 50's or 60's I remember reading that hospital rooms were being painted in soft greens.  When I went off to college in 1956 my goal was to study interior decoration.    Instead I got married the folliwing year and started my adult life as housewife and mother.      But I always maintained an interest in interiors. Mostly in relation to color and proportions.   Soft green is my peaceful happy color.    Thats why my floors are painted that color.  It reminds me of meadows and sunshine.     When i have extra greens in my paint pallette - i paint leaves....its an old standby.   


This mornings sketch is from image on back cover of Drawing Birds by John Busby. Pretty tricky pose.    But fun as a challenge.

Gull model

On page 104 in Drawing Birds by John Busby, he suggests using a little model such as this to help with bird action sketches.    After making one and holding it this way and that - i can see how it can be useful.   Particularly from above or banking turns in flight.   It will help position the wings.   I'm glad he included this exercise in his book.