Joyeux Noel Cardinal

Joyeux Noel CardinalThe first of this season’s holiday themed sketches, completed last night. The upper left corner needs something. I’m just not sure what and didn’t want to overwork it. I’m also not convinced on the pine needles. Feel free to give me ideas to draw. I’m definitely open to suggestions.

*Attribution: Sketched from John Flannery‘s photo titled, Cardinal.

Cat Hunting Blackbird

Cat Hunting Blackbird

Cat Hunting Blackbird
Mixed Media – Primarily ballpoint ink pen with a small amount of colored pencil and yellow marker
Size: 8.5″x11″
2014

I began this drawing last Thursday with a very quick, rough sketch while exploring recent photos on Flickr. A couple of photos I saw by two different people, close together in the Photostream — almost side-by-side — sparked my imagination. The coincidental placement of these two images inspired me to combine what I imagined to be happening into one drawing.

The result is a kind of massive Zentangle, brightly colored with a slight abstract quality that I’m very pleased with. I spent a total of 18.5 hours on this drawing over the course of the last week. This was so enjoyable that I find myself at a loss today with nothing to work on. Onward to find more inspiration!

And speaking of Blackbirds, I have to share Kary Johnson‘s video that I ran across last week also titled simply, Blackbird. Enjoy! 😉

Red-tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Mixed Media – General’s Charcoal White pencil and ballpoint ink pen
Appx. 8″x11″
2014

Source Image by MONGO, located at: Red tailed hawk and snake b 8.9.2008.jpg

I finally completed this one today. I think in all, I spent approximately 7 hours on this one. I really enjoyed drawing this. I still might put in a background, but I thought I would share what I have so far. I’m pretty pleased with it. I’ve loved Red-tailed Hawks for as long I’ve seen them flying in the sky. When my therapist asked me the question, “If you could come back as any animal, what would you choose?” I answered either an Eagle, a Red-tailed Hawk, or a Hummingbird. After that session, I went for a drive out to Rock Island State Park. It was too hot to hike that day, so I just hung out for a little while looking at the waterfall. Coincidentally, I must have seen 3 different Red-tailed Hawks that day! One was sitting on a utility line as I drove back. Since there was no traffic, I slowed way down to get a good look at him. He looked me straight in the eye. That day inspired this drawing, so I have to change my answer to a Red-tailed Hawk. 😉

Grammatical lesson of the day: As I was typing this I couldn’t figure out whether it was “a utility” or “an utility.” I found the best answer on Yahoo! Answers by someone calling himself House M.D.:

The “u” linguistically functions as a glide, which is a consonant sound and would thus be preceded by “a.” Stating that “an” comes before vowels is too simplistic; “an” comes before vowel sounds.

Sounds good to me! And yes, I think about things like this, LOL.