Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Tiding Revisited

I've posted before about the magpie triplets that were born in my backyard last summer.  They're still here, and still as brash and bossy as ever. They are endlessly entertaining and fascinating to me.  I have tried to draw them several times, and have not had much success.  I can't get the shape of their beak right especially when open. My original idea (you know, the perfect sketch in my head) was to have all 3 of them on the branch all with their mouths wide open, trying to out-shreik each other. That's how I usually saw them.  But try as I might, I cannot manage to get all three of them on the page. But this time, I think the beaks are shaped better. As I create this post, they are in the back yard on the tree branch exactly like this. But they are never still enough to actually draw them. Even in the dreary midwinter, they are still a joy to watch.
The theme over at Creative Every Day is Black and White.
Watercolot on Canson paper


azzizz_tirta said...

Hello Lyn,
Your drawings are beautiful, honest and spontaneous. And i also like the story accompanying the drawings. Being around a university (like i am) of course you are exposed to the many art books in the university?

Joy Murray said...

I love the spontaneity of your birds. I think the little imperfections you point out add to their personality. It looks fresh and whimsical, you get a sense of their personality.

Dianne said...

I think your bird painting is lovely!... we often don't 'get it' the way we want the first time. Van Gogh painted sunflowers over and over. The creation is joyful and we keep at it. Enjoy those birds outside your window and keep painting them!

Shirley said...

I agree with the other comments - lovely painting of your precious birds.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I tend toward abstractions because I "can't draw or paint realistically" - yes, I seriously said that. I love your birds. I am in love with many neighborhood birds and am so thrilled to have found a 1941 copy of Peterson's field guide to western birds I can barely stand myself!

Congrats for your progress. When I read "the perfect sketch in my head" I thought, "I really really really like this artist!"

Happy CED.. so glad I visited today!

Maron said...

Love those birdies! They do not have to be perfect. I gave that idea up a while back and I enjoy my art so much more now that I am putting my own ideas on paper or canvas but there is always the opportunity to photograph them and draw from the photo...xo Maron

Alex said...

Lovely drawing! :) Feels like the birds are talking to each other

Netty said...

Loving your magpies, they are obviously in deep conversation. Happy PPF, Annette x

froebelsternchen said...

Hello Lynn!
Beautiful artwork

xxx Susi

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