C is for Chickadee!

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.”  e e cummings


I just love drawing the birds that come to our windowsill feeder. I’m able to get terrific photos or this would be a total drawing fail, lol.   Don’t mind our weird windowsill feeder hub recycled from the scrap pile!    It keeps the bluejays out.

My first time drawing a chickadee, I wasn’t happy with the shape of the body.  You could tell it was a chickadee, because of his distinct markings, but I wasn’t happy with it.  Second time through, I used the red-violet Polychromos in my magic Handbook sketchbook….not sure why, but those pencils and that book are a dynamite combination for me.    Everything I draw in that book with the Polys look better than anything else.  It still needs a lot of improvement, but I’m more pleased with the result:


Hmm…a cat and two birds….starting to see a pattern here.   Sorry for the extra lines; I prefer not to erase, because it helps me gauge my progress.   I’m all about improvement, people!    I’m sure I’ll be drawing chickadees again, until I feel I’m coming closer to capturing them…

The other night, I attempted to draw my husband’s hand from a photo.


I didn’t have my eraser, and was drawing in bed, so I knew the first finger needed work….but I decided the next morning to leave the drawing as is.    I enjoy drawing more when I don’t erase, and I feel that this is training me to draw faster, from life, which is what I’m eventually aiming to do, in nature and elsewhere.    This is a Polychromos colored pencil in brown ochre:


Happy Sunday!  I can’t believe the Ravens beat the Steelers last night.  Guess we’ll be lighting up the purple candles in the windows for another week!

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