I’m trying something new, and more than a little frightening—certainly a bit “above my pay grade”… A Long-billed Curlew with its head buried in its back feathers. This is just an initial sketch, a study. No more. We’ll see if I’m successful. Please wish me luck!
The Magnolia Warbler portrait is done, I think. I saw this lovely, basic-plumaged adult at Ulistac Natural Area, Sunnyvale a few weeks ago, and I labored over the pose and the plumage. I used photographs for reference, but of birds in different plumages and/or ages. So this was cobbled together, and mixed with a lot of personal recollection. I’m just now getting down to finishing the portrait.
The next project is a non-breeding adult Magnolia Warbler. I just saw this bird a couple of weeks ago not far from my home. I did an extremely coarse outline last night, and am thinking I will need to refine the structure before I begin adding color. I’ll probably debut the light table Kelly gave me for my birthday and transfer the good parts of this sketch to a fresh sheet of paper.