We just returned from a restful beach vacation, which gave me lots of time to observe subjects for this month’s #naturedoodlewash adventure as well as Draw A Bird Day. Armed with my travel watercolor palette and Derwent Inktense Pencils, I happily had a lot of time to play and create.
Pelicans were abundant at the beach and have a lot to offer in the way of entertainment. They are funny to me because they look like clumsy birds with comically oversized bills and feet, and if you have ever seen one do a face-plant into the ocean in order to scoop up a fish you can’t help but laugh.
On the other hand, pelicans soar gracefully through the skies and look very impressive when flying together in formation, often flapping their wings in synchrony. Pelicans were once close to extinction because of pesticide pollution, but I’m very thankful that their numbers have recovered and we can fully enjoy their performances, both silly and graceful.
21 thoughts on “Draw A Bird Day, June 2016”
Wow, Carol, this is stunning! I almost did a pelican too, there is something about them that keeps calling me back. Glad you had a good time at the beach. Not sure if you posted a link to this bird underneath my artwork today – I don’t want to miss this in the roundup! Lovely work! I hope you’re pleased with it. And don’t you just love Inktense?! OMG. ❤
Thanks for the reminder, Laura. I was in the process of posting my link as you were commenting :). I missed the last two months and was determined to remember this month. Yes, I enjoy drawing birds too and am always inspired by yours (and Kathy’s blog!). Happy Wednesday!!
Gorgeous Pelikan, Carol! ❤️🎨 Sounds like they would be a fun bird to watch! 😃 We don’t get them in WA state that I’ve seen anyway. 😉
Such a pretty pelican he looks as if he knows it 🙂
Fantastic pelican Carol!
Thank you, Traci!
Great pelican! Love that tone.
Oh yes, the pelicans are so fun to watch! You’ve captured the grace. (K)
Love this pelican!
Nice drawing of an interesting bird. I love to watch them fly with other pelicans
Thank you! They are so fun to observe 🙂
Fabulous, Carol!! This is so beautiful…that graceful neck and beak! Really nicely rendered! Love it! 😍
Thank you, sir!!
Lovely pelican, Carol. The colours and the folding of the head, neck and beak are so graceful. Thanks for sharing your pelican watching stories. I always enjoy photos of them diving into water but I haven’t seen a pelican yet. Though I’ve read that American Pelicans can be found in Calgary in the summer. 🙂
Thanks, Myr 🙂
Carol, I love this pelican. It looks so real. Looks like he could spread his wings and fly away. Love, Mom and Dad.
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