Like some kind of confetti
shot from a cannon
the sky suddenly darker
against the sea of white
A burst of juncos
erupting from the tree
startled from their snacking
the cats bereft that their show
was turned to another channel
~Raymond A. Foss
I am having so much fun drawing birds this year! I had no idea I would be drawing so many birds in this alphabet challenge I’ve got going on. I do love them though, and always have. Growing up, we had an Audubon book that came with a spiral-bound booklet of thin (foldable) plastic records. If you were curious how a bird in the book sang, you could play the track. (I’m dating myself, this was back when every home had a turntable!) It was so cool. I was fascinated by that book.
Here again, I had some help from a delicious Polychromos colored pencil in Warm Grey VI, and my 3×5″ HandBook sketchbook. (I wonder what it’d have looked like in Cool Grey now…)
I have always admired people who can turn what they see through a camera lens into artwork. Photographers here on WordPress (and elsewhere) are so gifted, and their blogs inspire and juice me daily.
Today’s shot comes from Rodney Campbell, whose very detailed shots I’ve had the pleasure of drawing already this year. I’m sure there will be more drawings of his photos to come, and he is very gracious to share them at Paint My Photo. http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/dark-eyed-junco-3:
For the letter K tomorrow, I’ll be taking a stab at a body part. Of a human, not a bird this time. This little sketch took 25 minutes. I encourage all of you to celebrate our natural world, in any medium. You’ll start to see the world in a completely different way: more like a child. It’s a beautiful thing.
I hope you’ll stop by again tomorrow.