This male Red-bellied woodpecker has given me quite a bit of joy in the past week, appearing at my feeders, and landing so close, that my breath nearly stops. He is truely beautiful, especially with the sunlight reflecting off his red head.
I can say that my sketch does not do him justice. But it gave me plenty of practice and some intimate time with him and the holly. Earlier today, before the wind began to gust and the cold front moved in, we had sun and warm mid 50's F temps. So I sat in the sun for a while and examined those holly leaves more closely making sketches of how the berries and leaves connected to the stem.