The Bare-legged Owl is endemic to Cuba. I found this big-eyed, feathered creature in the June 2015 issue of BirdWatching. I wanted to draw a bird from a BIG photograph and I noticed my local library has a small stack of BirdWatching magazines. Perfect! This is the most detailed bird drawing I’ve created so far. It took me a few hours over a few days. … Continue reading Draw a Bird Day January
Savannah Sparrows are Little Brown Jobs with delightful touches of yellow feathers above their eyes. My illustration has a few extra splashes of yellow… because… I just really seem to like using my yellow coloured pencil. My model was a small 6 by 9 cm (2 1/4 by 3 1/2 inch) photograph in The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta. The small size of the … Continue reading Draw a Bird Day December
A Juniper Titmouse (Baeolophus ridgwayi) is gray. However, I still haven’t acquired gray and white color pencils so I use brown, yellow and pinky-beige instead. I’ve never seen a titmouse, of any species. It seems they mostly live in the US except for little sections of eastern Canada. Their tiny size and funky, little head crests are delightfully cute so I drew one from the … Continue reading Draw a Bird Day November – Almost a Juniper Titmouse
I thought I looked a bit lonely in my self-photographs so I decided to use a double-selfie my sister took of her and I at the Bloedel Conservatory earlier this year. It was our first time there and the orchestral bird song and colourful exotic birds kept us in “smile-mode” for about 3 hours. My sister and I sort of look like that. Sort of… … Continue reading An inked selfie for #SelfieArt Day and #Inktober!
I needed a new pencil. Shopper’s Drug Mart had a 24-pack of wooden pencils and a 5-pack of mechanical ones. I couldn’t decide which I preferred. After a 5 minute deadlock, I got both, since each set was only $3. After that extravagant decision, I saw the box of 50 Crayola markers on sale for $8 and grabbed it too. I copied the Yellow Rumped … Continue reading Two Butter Butts for Draw a Bird Day
My sister gave me “The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds” by John Muir Laws as a birthday present back in July. I haven’t read it cover to cover yet, but once in a while, I read two to four pages to learn interesting things like what bones and feather groups make up a bird wing and how the wings fold. Last week, after neglecting the … Continue reading A little bird anatomy – feather groups of the head
Stephen’s Island Wren. Last seen in 1894. The only known perching bird without the ability to fly. Stephen’s Island is in New Zealand between the North and South Islands. About 1000 years ago, the arrival of the Pacific rat eliminated the Stephen’s Island Wren from all parts of New Zealand except Stephen’s Island. In 1894, the New Zealand government built a lighthouse and one lonely … Continue reading Draw a Bird Day – September 8th
House sparrows are by far the most numerous birds in my Calgary neighbourhood and these days, many of them are juveniles. Yesterday, I heard a house sparrow mega-choir and went to investigate. I saw a house with a roof covered in pigeons and a few magpies. The trees and bushes around the house were filled with house sparrows. A hole in the hedge revealed a … Continue reading Draw a bird day – juvenile house sparrows
I came across a photograph of a Green Heron on Dina’s City Wildlife. The lovely, scalloped pattern on its wing caught my eye, so I tried to draw it. The background is a bit odd – one of these days I’ll work on a nicer coloured pencil rendition of water. Continue reading Draw a bird day – July reprise
It’s a Bearded Reedling! These long-tailed birds live in temperate Europe and Asia. I’ve never seen one in real life. The photograph I used for this drawing is from Matthias at Wild Life, who spotted this bird on the coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Germany. This species is sexually dimorphic. Males have “beards” and females don’t. As their name implies, these birds like … Continue reading Draw a bird day – third bird
I almost wimped out this month, but Laura at Create Art Everyday is such a lovely and enthusiastic blogger that somehow I worked up some motivation this afternoon. Matthias at Wildlife Weeks posted a beautiful picture of a male house sparrow yesterday and I thought I would draw that bird. However, I couldn’t see his legs and I really wanted to draw some legs. So … Continue reading Draw a bird day (the May reprise)
I learned from createarteveryday who learned from awingandaway that today is draw a bird day. So I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t drawn anything in ages but I managed to find some drawing basics: white paper, a pencil, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. No green highlighters manifested themselves during my search but I did come upon a brown pen. It took … Continue reading Draw a bird day!