Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Oh dear! My ignorance is exposed! When I started drawing this wonderful bird, one who has chosen to winter with us, I thought my comments would merely be about this varied thrush. These birds speak to me of northern wilderness. I first heard one when we moved to Alaska. Later we moved to Oregon and I was delighted to find they winter nearby … and on very rare years they actually winter in my yard.
The weather has been rainy, and I was reduced to drawing from my living room window. (Drawing in the snow is more fun than drawing in the rain). Time to draw my varied thrush before he moves on to higher elevations for the summer. We’ve had up to five at a time for several weeks now. They’ve just started singing their drawn out single flute notes, so I’m pretty sure they won’t be here much longer.
Full of anticipation I opened my new, little Winsor & Newton watercolor paint box I treated myself to recently. This was its maiden voyage. When I ordered the little paint set I focused on how small it is and designed to hold in one hand. I often sketch cramped in the car and I hope this will allow more painting in the car. I didn’t pay much attention to what colors come in the box. I just assumed it would be a good selection.
Oh my! I quickly found out I have been painting from a palette of my own choosing … and felt as if someone had given me a box of colors designed to paint a psychedelic dance scene. Ouch! The whole top row is yellows into reds, but where is Cerulean Blue and I’m unimpressed with Winsor Blue (green shade) and Winsor green (Blue shade). …. And could I please sneak a little Payne’s grey in there? I do see that a few more half pans will fit in the slot designed for a tiny brush. Maybe I can make this work.