Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

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My first-of-season Cardinal Meadowhawk male, just arrived last week. I wanted to show this drawing at an earlier stage so it might be more obvious how I work, but the color and excitement of the portrait got away from me. The animal’s posture was defined with faint No2 pencil, and the bold color areas were then added with several red pencils. The details and much of the dimensional shading is still missing. I don’t want to get too hung up on the wing details, but they will be more defined than this stage suggests. More to come!

Song Sparrow project 11

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M.m.maxillaris is essentially done. I need to work on something else for a while. I feel like I’m losing the ability to draw because the past dozen posts have been essentially coloring my template. I will return to this project soon because I care about it deeply and it seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

Song Sparrow project 9

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The Song Sparrow Project continues… The contrasty and richly chestnut-colored “Marin Song Sparrow” or M.m.gouldii is actually common in several counties. It is widely distributed along the Coastal and Diablo ranges in the San Francisco Bay Area. In my experience it avoids the tidal marsh inhabited by other populations, content in the nearby creeks and hillsides away from the bay. In a few locations, like San Francisquito Creek in Santa Clara county, you can find this population, AND the threatened salt marsh obligate “Alameda” Song Sparrow during a 20 minute walk.