Enchanting Woods

Temperatures are cooling and it’s getting dark sooner here, but despite that, Autumn is still my favorite season. That also means Halloween is coming up, and although I don’t go for all the scary, gory decorations or movies, there are still fun ways to celebrate.

Enchanting Woods
Enchanting Woods

Even though this tutorial by Lindsay Weirich was taught with oil pastels, I tried it with soft pastels and enjoyed the process very much. Rather than haunted woods, I like to think these woods are enchanted with all the delightful things we can imagine. Hope you are doing well, and thanks for reading!

Draw a Bird, October 2018

This little bird frequents our yard feeders, although I’m not sure if it is a house finch or a purple finch. One recent morning I found him sitting in the grass, obviously distressed. I placed some seed near him hoping that he would recover from whatever happened. Some of his feathers seemed out of place, and I suspected he flew into the screened porch or perhaps had a run in with the neighbor cat or some other creature.

I watched out for him all day, but later that afternoon he was no longer in the grass. However, to my surprise, he was sitting in the clear-view feeder attached to the window. Still looking rather ruffled, I was glad to know that at least he could fly and get to the food himself.

Draw a Bird, October 2018, Finch

Draw a Bird, October 2018, Finch

That was weeks ago, and I see him each day at the feeders, bird bath, or simply chirping in the tree. His flight is impaired and clumsy, so I hope he will be okay through the autumn and winter.

I decided to paint him without the bent feathers as surely he’d want his portrait to reveal his best self!

Fawn

This little fawn seemed to pose for us as we hiked through Glacier National Park.

Deer

Deer – Glacier National Park

She definitely was not afraid of us and obviously was used to folks walking along that trail, and we enjoyed watching her antics as she playfully sparred with her siblings.

Draw A Bird Day, March 2017

Happy Draw A Bird Day March 2017!  I don’t recall ever seeing a Kingfisher but find its feather colors to be rather beautiful.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

I really didn’t know much about these birds and figured they didn’t live here in the area, but supposedly Kingfishers can be found here year round.  They live near streams, rivers, and lakes and are excellent at fishing, although they will also eat crayfish, frogs, tadpoles, and aquatic insects.  Kingfishers are mostly loners except during mating season, and they are territorial and will forcefully defend their hunting territories.  Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to spot one sometime soon now that I know what to look for.

Feathers, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Sketching feathers seemed intimidating to me, but once I got started it became a bit addicting.  They vary so much in shape and color, and I enjoyed letting my imagination go with these.

Feathers

Feathers

That said, while I really liked using all these gorgeous colors, my favorite feather is the brownish one on the top middle, I think because of how the browns and blues intermingled so organically. I also learned that it is easy to accidentally morph a feather into a leaf 🙂  Which do you like best?