Many worlds I’ve come since I first left home

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

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 learnĀ  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.

Sparrow on plywood in acrylic.

Sparrow on plywood in acrylic.

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…

 

 

There ain’t no place I’d rather be

Grace's Warbler

Grace’s Warbler

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”.

 

tennesseewarbler.jpg

Tennessee Warbler

 

But the heart has its seasons, its evenings, and songs of its own.

The beginning of a Red-tail hawk in flight

The beginning of a Red-tail hawk in flight

“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.

The fifth and final plate of warblers in pencil.

The fifth and final plate of warblers in pencil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The deeds were done and done again as my life is done in Watermelon Sugar

My life in Watermelon Sugar

My life in Watermelon Sugar

 

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’ve developed a little habit of only writing the date on an illustration when its finished. I’ll sign my initials when the pen work is done but never date it until its finished. I started this landscape in 2013, but finished the color tonight. So we’ll call it my first of 2014.

My favorite part of 2013 being over is that I don’t have to write the number 13 anymore as it always looks like a “B”.

Happy 2014 and thank you for stopping through to look at my art, and I wish you all the very best.

I think I’ll draw you some birds this year.

The Watermelon Sugar process.

The Watermelon Sugar process.