100 Face Challenge: Mallard Duck (#4)

The best thing about blogging on WordPress is that we’re all constantly surrounded with tons of inspiration coming at us from every direction. This post at Bay Photos by Donna recently caught my eye, and I just had to attempt to draw this mallard head.   It was a magnificent close-up head shot!   It was calling….um, quacking my name!!


I like the ink drawing ok, but this is a face that begs for watercolor.   Don’t you agree?   How could any painter resist the beautiful colors in his head? I ran out of time to paint today, but aiming for a more colorful version of this beautiful bird next time out.   Thank you, Donna, once again, for your wonderful and inspirational photos!

Happy Sunday! Do more of what makes you happy. The world will be a better place if you do! Peace.


Materials Used:

Superfine Pitt Artist pen in black

Strathmore Visual Journal – Mixed Media format


My daughter recently sent me a quote that really moved me:

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild. … We can never have enough of nature.      ~Henry David Thoreau

Does this kid know me, or what?  I pondered on the quote for some days to gather my thoughts as to what type of artwork I’d like to create to accompany it. Then I happened to see this terrific image at Picture This and I couldn’t resist bringing this little guy to life in my watercolor journal.

I used Derwent standard watercolor pencils and got some help from a new Micron .005 pen (It makes me happy that I’ve already used up one of these!) for a bit of definition.    I’m enjoying florals more and more, and hope to decorate more artwork with these.   Wildflowers and wildlife….what more can I ask for?    Terrific way to spend a Sunday afternoon, while watching my Birds trounce a division rival.

I hope you had a terrific weekend, and are planning something great for this one coming up!    Stop and smell a few wildflowers today.     It’s the best kind of soul food going!    And no need to preheat an oven 😉.  Enjoy your week.