Friday, March 07, 2008

EDM 83 - Draw a body of water

Finally, I have something new to put on the blog. These are American Pelicans near the weir on the Bow River. The river is deep and fast there, and the weir churns the water up quite high. It creates a kind of rolling motion that is quite dangerous for people, and also for fish. The fish are tossed up to the top of the water and into the waiting beaks of the pelicans. It's like dinner delivery for pelicans. Sometimes, they are so stuffed, they don't even bother with the fish, they just float serenely, knowing that the next hunger pang will be instantly gratified. They are fat and lazy, and have an enormous sense of self-entitlement, just like a tabby cat. Maybe in my next life, I'll come back as pelican (or a tabby cat).
This is done with water color pencils in the Moleskin water color journal. It is part of my homework for Watercolor Pencil magic, the chapter on water and skies. In the three weeks of the class, this is the only thing that seemed good enough to post here. It has been a truly humbling experience, albeit a valuable one.

8 comments:

Ann said...

Those pelicans do look a little smug, don't they? Very nice drawing, you really captured the movement of the water.

Norah Nick said...

As someone who can't even draw a stick figure, I wanted to let you know that I enjoy (and envy!) your drawings so much!

First I saw the subject "draw a body of water" and all that came to my mind was a big round circle for a lake. It would've never occured to me to add birds or anything else to it.

People like you amaze me! Please keep posting your drawings.

peachtreeart said...

Txs. for commenting on my blog...hopefully I pass the life drawing class lol!

PamYla said...

Very nice!

Scarlett said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement on my lastest sketch on my blog, I really do appreciate it.

Deborah said...

How nice to dinner presented to you when you are just hanging around. I find nature so wonderful! Very nice drawing, I can almost feel the rise and fall of the water.

Emma Pod said...

What a clever drawing. I like your water and the splashes on the rocks. As Deborah wrote, you can feel the movement.

caseytoussaint said...

What a wonderful post - I had no idea pelicans had it so easy! This came out great, Lynn - and that from someone who knows how hard those watercolor pencils are to work with!