|Gardens, Somewhere Else, Not Here|
It was a mixed bag for me yesterday, between my digital "Pollackesque" rendering and the laundry. I managed to finish the watercolor I started Sunday.
Once again I'm not pleased. I think it has to do with the reference photo I used. More likely it's that I paint with watercolor like they are acrylics. I did have a brush in my hand though; and that's a step in the right direction.
I also started another charcoal of JD. Note that he's grimacing over the experience. But once I start subtracting with my knead, he'll lighten up. During the session, I noted I prefer vine charcoal to willow. Willow is softer; Vine is harder and more controllable over all for me. Willow, however, will give you good black). I'm pretty sure I've got JD's posture. I had also hoped to gesso out the previous painting I had on the canvas I have in mind for him, but never got to it. We had a fly that was dive bombing us that had to be chased down and destroyed.
As his lifeless tiny body lay on the living room floor, I side-stepped around to join Ellis on the deck for some wine and cheese while we waited for CSI to show up. To pass the time, I bird watched.
Sunday night, I had watched the movie, The Big Year with Steve Martin. It's about birding and quite amusing. I think I like birding. I watch them all the time.I think I could be a birder; I like the hat. So I also took my camera out on the deck to be ready for any bird that flew within camera shot. Lo and behold a flock of something-or-others landed on the lawn just as we settled down. There's were dozens of them. The lawn must be full of grubs--or seeds or whatever it is raven-like birds eat. They didn't really look like ravens or crows, but what do I know; I don't have a book. If anybody out there has any idea what this bird is, please share. This is my second official sighting. I could be having My big year? Two photos of two different birds is certainly more than I shot last year.
|It's a Bird. It's a I-haven't-got-a-clue bird in Midwestern, North America|