Bonding With The Landscape

I’ve decided to continue with sketching/painting the neo-tropical wood warblers for this 100-Day Project series. By staying with the warbler form, I’ve noticed improvements in both the sketch and the watercolor. I’m using my own photographs and Jim Flynn’s from Chris G. Earley’s , WARBLERS OF CANADA. I also consult Field Guides, such as SIBLEY and old Brooks and Fuertes illustrations. Creating a life-like pose has been a challenge. I’ve been sketching/painting to music, which I cannot do when I write. The first sketch of Blackburnian Warblers was to Zoe Keating (cellist) INTO THE TREES. This second work of male and female Bay-breasted Warblers was done to Nadia Sirota’s (violist), BAROQUE. The repetitious pen/ink detail required for the work is well suited to the sounds created by these artists (No lyrics).

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  1. Cora Hays, Biological Illustrator says:

    Wonderful work! I love the spruce especially. The accuracy of the needle arrangement really lends believability to the whole piece. Keep it up!

  2. Raven says:

    Cora, thank you for commenting on that detail. Yes, the White Spruce needles are four-sided and sharp, but have this elegant lift as they emerge from their fascicles.

  3. says:

    Enjoyed seeing another image of your project, Diane, and knowing a bit of the research and discoveries that are part of your process.

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