Monday, November 16, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are striking birds, especially the males with their black and white markings mixed with a splash of rose on their breasts. They visit Tennessee mostly during migration in both spring and fall. The exciting thing about fall is the juveniles are still changing their "paint".
Like birdy watercolors, each one is unique as their feathers morph from juvenile brown to the brightly colored markings of an adult. Not a single two of them are alike! The sketch above was created after observing my feeders for about an hour on my porch. In the rain! Full of fun surprises, including a shy juvenile grosbeak. Being still in nature observing brings so much wonder and inspiration. Naturally that makes me want to sketch and paint!
Visit my blog post: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Hairy Woodpecker at Vickie Henderson Art.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Visit my blog post at Vickie's Sketchbook to learn more about this sketching experience.
Friday, June 5, 2020
Notice how the bill of the dove resembles the shape of number five flag. The lapwing on the left and the black-white oyster catcher both stand with their legs on both sides of the number, as if they hold the 85 in position. Both chests of the birds follow the curve of the number five and eight, in case of the lapwing, it takes over the curve of the eight. The dove stands proudly on number five.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Then, the last 5 years I played, I began to bring my sketchbook and watercolor pencils with me. My husband and I would always play with 2 other men. I had time to sketch little bits of things when they were on the tee box. I immersed myself into what I loved and would forget the last lousy shots made. This practice helped me take 10 strokes off of my game!!!
I no longer play the game, but do join my husband in the cart with my plein air setup.
These two small studies were started while the foursome finished one hole and teed up on the next. I finished them from memory as we rode along.
My little lap desk was purchased at an office supply store. They also come in a light aluminum. Their original use is for workers in the field that have forms to store inside. When closed it acts like a clipboard. I use blue tack to hold my brushes and small mixing palette. Lots of clips to hold things in place. It can be a bouncy windy ride around the courses!