Draw A Bird, October 2019

Last month I painted a juvenile wood duck, and as I was posting, I decided to paint an adult male wood duck for October’s unofficial Draw A Bird Day (the 8th of every month). What a handsome subject he is!

Adult Wood Duck
Adult Wood Duck

Isn’t his headdress something else? I enjoyed mixing so many colors in this painting, and because October has been flying by so far, I didn’t realize it was the 8th until a couple of hours ago! Thankfully, our days have become more fall like (we had unseasonable 90s until about a week ago – ugh), and the leaves have started to change colors. Autumn is my favorite time of year with cooler mornings and evenings, yet afternoons can still reach up into the high 70s or even 80 degrees. Sweater weather is awesome in my book! What’s your favorite season?

Draw a Bird, September 2019

Here is a colorful young Carolina duck, also called a wood duck, but he hasn’t quite grown his impressive headdress yet. Still, he has stunning feathers and eye colors.

That just gave me the idea for next month — I’ll paint a close up of the adult male to track the progression of its cool hairdo (feather-do?). I can’t believe how the summer is flying by and hope yours has been great so far!

Bird – Common Merganser

This duck is an adult female Common Merganser.  I don’t recall ever seeing such a duck near where I live, but they were abundant on our visit to Glacier National Park last year.

Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

The Common Merganser has a long bill with serrated edges and a hooked tip to help grip slippery fish, a favorite food.  Isn’t her spiky hairdo so stylish?  🙂

Floating, #WorldWatercolorGroup

I chose this subject because I’ve never painted a waterline like this and thought it would be a good challenge for myself.  There is so much to “see” when painting a waterline and trying to get a little movement in it.

Float

Float

The most difficult part was trying to get a good photo/scan of this painting.  The camera lens and scanner would not pick up the yellow the way I had painted it no matter what settings I tried, so this little ducky looks a bit washed out.  Oh well.   Happy Tuesday!