This beautiful male has been visiting the holly bush just outside my door, so when I hear him, I can sometimes step outside with my camera and observe without disturbing him. (The other nice advantage is, I can step back inside to get warm!)
It was only after creating these sketches in my sketchbook that I remembered that I had sketched this bird before and looked for my earlier sketches. The one shown here was my first attempt to create a journal, ten years ago, before taking a watercolor class. The difference is clear. But this effort was part of what inspired me to continue. And what I can say to anyone who feels intimidated by birds, practice will take care of it. It wasn't until last year, that I began to try to sketch in my sketchbook with any frequency, inspired by birds and the work of other artists. And I can see and feel the results. I love it and the more I do it, the more I enjoy it and want to do it.Having said that, I want to express a special thanks to Cathy Johnson for all the educational tools she has offered over the years, as well as this meeting place, where we can all find so much inspiration. Thank you, also, to all the artists of Sketching in Nature for their inspiring posts. Nature and art, and people who love both make for a very special community.
To read more of my notes on practice click the link: http://bit.ly/6LQD9k.
And to find more fun images of this Yellow-bellied sapsucker as he feasts on berries, visit my post about him at Vickie Henderson Art.