Hooded Merganser

I've spent the past few days thinking about this pair of Mergansers that visit a nearby pond each year. A quick internet search will return more photographs of the male and its signature white on black full crest. Drawing these crests can be deceptive. Male or female I was tempted to draw one big circular … Continue reading Hooded Merganser

Strawberry Finch

I'm late sending out holiday cards stuck on what bird to paint. I remember a friend sent me a photo they saw online of a strawberry finch. A Saturday afternoon watching videos of these dramatic and unique finches resulted in this drawing. I used a little permanent gouache for the bird's striking spots.

Cedar Waxwing

As the name implies this is a smooth looking bird especially when alert. It's tempting to treat the chest, wing and mantle as one volume. I didn't get to do much drawing today so this was a welcome meditation.

American Redstart

This was a satisfying pencil drawing and then I decided to try a gouache stain over parts of it. I immediately regretted it but kept going in the hopes of salvaging the sketch. It's a sketch in a sketchbook. The point is to allow room for mistakes.

House Wren

They're fairly common but get confused as just another little brown bird lumped in with sparrows. A little stocker in appearance even when the feather groups tighten up when they are on alert. I didn't get too deep into showing their barring on the wings and tail. I may have actually played them down a … Continue reading House Wren

Sandhill Crane

I've been thinking about the differences between cranes and herons. I love watching Black-crowned Night-Herons and Great Blue Herons fishing or just hanging out. I haven't had the opportunity to watch Sandhill Cranes but they seem to bring a lot of drama in their movements.