The week of Warbler coloring has begun. Here’s one that stood out for me tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.