Productivity, endurance and creativity are not always fast friends. Artists struggle aligning each. Defining goals a common struggle. This artist struggles. The struggle begins with "good enough" or "greatness".
What I share this week is cross section of work in progress. I dare watercolor tins to do big things as mastery eludes me. What falls short of describing the thing pleasantly suggests the energy behind the thing. This pheasant. Bold. Iridescent. Solid. Pattern of patterns.
Continuing to build momentum in my relationship with watercolor mistakes (oh so many mistakes) become opportunities. An exercise in watercolor gradations and temperatures of black were unsuccessful. Darks of the feather groupings on these black vultures were not so dark to escape hatching with fountain pen.
Studying Raymond Sheppards own field sketches my pencil drawing stayed faithful. One I prepared the saucer of ink I went my own way. Inspired by Magpies, Jays and Mockingbirds these sketchbook drawings had the secondary benefit of improving the harmony between brush and pen.
Rare to see in Northeast. Barnacle geese common along shorelines of Greenland, wintering on the colder Northwestern edges of Europe. There have been few observations of these cookies and cream painted geese flying to North America.
Mid-summer calm, green pond invites a rich list of birds near our home. Along the Northern edge standing tall and alert we watched this Double-Crested Cormorant. Wings in mid-stretch from behind show off feathers called scapulars. This group, where wings meet ribcage, is where I focus my pen drawing.
Streaming through veins of air, vibrant and brilliant Shapes and marks and colors and patterns and calls Should I create lists scratching an analytical itch Books and guides and websites and apps. Knowing less with each spreadsheet Really! Sit in the electricity of stillness Each call carries stories long their own and their own long … Continue reading How to Draw a Bird
Pair of young Indigo Buntings molting A new fountain pen I am still learning to use. This is a Pilot Custom Heritage 92, fine-medium nib filled with Iroshizuku Take-sumi ink. The nib is softer than on any other pen I own. It requires more attention and care how I put down lines. There have been … Continue reading Juvenile Indigo Buntings
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