The week of Warbler coloring has begun. Here’s one that stood out for me tonight.
Tonight I finished the pen work for my collection of 30 different Warbler species. I’ll color them in this week and in a perfect world I’ll share them with you here in full color by next weekend.
This project has helped me learn a lot about observation, patience, drawing techniques, and myself.
The Bay-Breasted warbler was the last one I finished tonight, making it the most recent bird I’ve drawn.
This acrylic painting is one I’ve been carrying around with me from Illinois. I painted it 8 years ago in my parents basement on scrap wood from my Dad’s wood shop.
My birds have changed over the years, gaining some kind of clarity. At the very least they’re not hunchbacked and worried looking.
Thanks for tuning in folks, more on birds when we come back…
On plate 3 of my Warbler project, I put Grace’s Warbler between the Nashville Warbler and the Tennessee Warbler. Strictly for poetic reasons. I tried to structure the layouts of the plates with interest in the names as well as the coloration. One thing I enjoy about warblers are their names and the imagery they conjure in my mind. I know I’ve all ready said this but, “Poems with wings”.
“But a thing falsely drawn will never prove up.” -Luis Agassiz Fuertes, Wildlife artist 1874-1927
Some of my recent pencil work for the bird project. I figure I’m about a week out from having all five warbler plates finished and colored. I’m not sure how other artists celebrate finishing their projects, but I’ve got a few ideas of my own….probably drawing more birds. I have started doing studies for a Snowy Owl drawing. I hope it doesn’t take me as long as the Mocking Bird did.
I took a short (week long) break from the warbler/raptors project to make a tribute of sorts to one of my favorite books. This landscape is inspired by Richard Brautigan’s “In Watermelon Sugar”. A short story that paints a tragedy with the greatest beauty.
I think I’ll draw you some birds this year.