Draw A Bird Day, June 2016

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.

Pelican

Pelican, Draw A Bird Day, June 2016 #naturedoodlewash

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.

 

Draw a Bird Day – November 

Thanks to a fellow artsy blogger, Laura, many bloggers celebrate Draw a Bird Day on the 8th of each month, not just on the actual day of April 8.  My contribution today (sorry, I am one day late!) is based on a picture taken by my brother-in-law, Rob.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils, and my favorite part was using the white pencil for highlights which made the bird a little more realistic.  Hope you like him!

Cardinal, Derwent Inktense Pencils

Cardinal, Derwent Inktense Pencils

Italian Window

Over the past couple of weeks we were very fortunate to travel internationally for the first time. Although it was a little overwhelming to think about beforehand, once we landed in Italy I knew it was going to be a trip of a lifetime. Before we left I had seen dozens of photos of the tall, sometimes haphazardly placed apartment buildings separated by narrow, winding pedestrian walkways, and suddenly they were standing before me in all their glory. I was fascinated by the lovely windows and how some carried neatly manicured flower boxes with punches of colors, while others had the family’s laundry blowing in the breeze to dry. Through many of the open windows we could smell the family’s dinner simmering on the stove.

Because we were going to be gone for a couple of weeks, I packed the bare minimum of art supplies just in case I had time to be creative. Into the second week I found that I NEEDED the fulfillment of creating something artsy, so I opened up my basic set of Derwent Inktense pencils, sketch pad, and aquabrush. After reviewing some pictures I had taken on my phone, I began to crudely sketch this Italian window.

Italian Window

Italian Window

Even though I didn’t have all the art materials with me that I would have liked, it felt good to give this window some color and finish off with some India ink pen. I hope to paint this window again now that I am home and have ALL the colors, but I have so many other ideas in my head that I might have to try first.