Just as I was looking for what to create next, nature gave me a job.
In an earlier post I wrote about searching through recent sketches for ideas. Then a juvenile robin hit my window. We use window decals to discourage birds from flying too near, but sometimes it happens.
I was sad that I wasn’t able to save him. However, I decided to draw him, so that others could appreciate his beauty.
Later, a bouquet of sunflowers arrived in the arms of visiting friends.
They were the perfect accompaniment for the bird, with his orange-red feathers, and delicately spotted chest.
I love the prisms in my studio window, they discourage bird hits, and they also make it a little easier to work inside on a sunny day.
As I continued to draw, I needed more sunflowers. I found these fantastic blooms at our local Farmer’s Market.
By the time the sunflowers started to droop, I was done with the initial drawing. At that point, I began to work with pastel pencils, gradually erasing the graphite as I went along.
Pastel pencil is a new medium for me.
Part of the pleasure of trying something new is figuring out how to get it all to work. It is the kind of puzzle I love.
In this case, there were many interesting textures: the soft, bright petals, the nubby seed head, the silky underside of the wing feathers, and the shiny beak of the bird. I went over each area several times, gradually getting closer to the effect I wanted.
Click here to see the finished drawing.
This is a detail of Young Robin in progress. The finished piece turned out very well!
Where you can see this drawing in person:
Fragments of Time, September 2 – 30, 2016. Opening September 2, 5 – 7 PM
Location: Leah J Peterson Gallery, Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska.
In addition to this piece, I will be showing 3 other recent works. Please come have a look!
Being a working artist has its joys and challenges, but, through it all, your support and encouragement sustain me. Thank you so much for being my audience.