Texas lifers—the Black-capped Vireo is finally complete. Oddly, it is the first Vireo I’ve ever drawn, except for an occasional field sketch. This trip produced two Vireo lifers, so I’ll have another chance to capture that wonderful Vireo quality… On to the next portrait.
Texas lifers, continued—A more refined Black-capped Vireo portrait begins to emerge from its humble graphite beginnings. The bird’s weight has been shifted forward, its head made larger and the overall energy improved. More to come.
Starting the next portrait, a Texas lifer—a male Black-capped Vireo. I’ll trace this rough drawing and refine the composition, trying to restrain myself with the graphite and work as much as possible with colored pencil.
Golden-cheeked Warbler portrait in colored pencil is now done. I was impressed with how much black this bird possessed compared to our local Hermit Warbler, so I chose a position that would show that feature off. I loved seeing this critically endangered bird in the wild during our recent trip to the Texas Hill Country.
Continuation of the portrait, now re-drawn and some color added. Have decided to exclude the Brown-headed Cowbird. Much work remaining…
More work to be done, but this is a start. The composition echoes a first-hand experience of a critically endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird chick. The Warbler’s own offspring was not fed during our observation of this encounter…. So sad.
Bell’s Sparrow and flowering chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum). Portrait in colored pencil.It is in fact, one of my favorite local birds. Newly recognized as a full species, it was formerly considered conspecific with the current Sagebrush Sparrow. They were collectively called Sage Sparrow. There have been a few versions of this portrait. This version is completely new and hopefully an improvement over earlier efforts.