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”.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds of a feather

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

The Warbler factory is rolling along. I started another two plates of warblers like these ones. 12 more total. When I’m finished with these next warbler collections I will have 30 warbler species total. I chose at random, but also looking for themes, one group of six I chose were: Nashville, Grace’s, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mourning, and Golden Cheek.

Planning for warblers

Planning for warblers

I spend a few weeks on each plate looking to get the shapes and lines right. I made a paper bird that I cut out from a drawing I made of a basic warbler shape. It helps give me a base point of planning for the pages.

A warbler plate awaiting color.

A warbler plate awaiting color.

This collection of six: Hooded, Blackburnian, Yellow, Kirtland’s, Red-faced, and Magnolia.

From their names to their colors they are like poems with wings.

A few birds of interest

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Here’s a few species I have “finished” for my book project.

The three common bluebirds of north America, Eastern, Western, and Mountain.

A Western Scrub-Jay. one of my favorites for their blue color and large personalities, They’re sure to let you know when they’re around.

And two Warblers, A Cerulean Warbler and Yellow-Throated Warbler.

All in pen and watercolor.