Thursday, February 16, 2017

Big Birds

Despite the snow and ice (and my winter aches and pains), the birds are more getting active as the days grow longer. There is singing and territorial intrigues in the bushes and undergrowth. Hawks and falcons are lingering within striking distance of bird feeders. The swans ("Romeo and Juliet") hang around like nonplussed but obviously lustful teenagers. It would seem that winter weather is a passing thing and we shall not take it too seriously. And the earth spins on its tippy tilted axis and brings us all this entertainment. It's so simple. Yes it is.


A crow walking in the snow
02-15-17
charcoal, ink
A swan walking in the snow
02-16-17
charcoal
mallards seen from above
02-11-17
ink, charcoal
solo swan
02-08-17
charcoal
Swans and geese
02-08-17
charcoal

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Florida memories

As a major winter storm settles in here in Natick today, it's hard to imagine that I spent three days last week on the beach in St. Augustine, Florida.  I tried to do as little as possible but I did enjoy drawing the ocean and reading "SPQR" by Mary Beard. Both highly recommended activities. And bird watching, eating seafood, and playing house. And then, poof! We flew home. And today, I stare at snow and snow shovels!

Sunrise
02-02-17
chalk, charcoal
02-03-17
charcoal
02-03-17
charcoal
02-03-17
charcoal
02-03-17
charcoal

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Two Swans

A pair of swans have been loitering around the river the past few weeks. It's nice to see them. They are not the nicest neighbors but they are lovely to look at and in these winter days, they tend to mind their own business. I saw one this morning that attached itself to a small group of geese. All were tolerant. We can get along.

two swans
charcoal, ink, oil stick
01-15-17
two swans
charcoal, ink, oil stick
01-15-17
swan
oil stick
01-17-17
swans feeding
chalk, oil stick
01-17-17

Friday, January 13, 2017

Colder and Cold

The week started out very very cold. I drew quickly and the animals were coping as best they could. Then it rained and became less cold. The ice retreated a bit. A pair of swans poked around the dam and I spied an otter (I hadn't seen them in a while) sally forth from the ice into the water. Life goes on.

Elm Bank
charcoal
01-09-17
Female Mallard
charcoal
01-10-17
Two Swans
01-13-17
ink, charcoal, colored pencil
Looking Upriver
01-13-17
ink, charcoal, colored pencil

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Frozen

Driftwood
01-7-16
Mergansers
01-07-17

Ducks feeding
01-08-17
Ducks in the river
01-08-17

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