Well, it is hard to tell, in black and white, that the little bird is a golden-crowned kinglet, but that is what it is. I have big dreams of painting it in colour some day, but I thought it would be fun to do a pencil drawing first. I used 140 lb cold press paper, a neat experiment which I’m not likely to repeat. I didn’t like all those bumps under my pencil! Another experiment, which I will repeat, was using pencils with different grades of graphite softness. 4B makes great darks!
The reference was a photo I took on January 3rd while walking with my sister at Wreck Beach. Vancouver had an unusually cold winter this year – lots of snow and sub-zero temperatures – but it was still wonderful to be on the beach on a sunny day.