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.


Red-tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

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

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.

Day 95 Brown Thrasher

Day 95 Brown Thrasher by pixygiggles
Day 95 Brown Thrasher, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
More experienced bird watchers feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure that this is a Brown Thrasher. I don’t believe I have ever seen one of these birds before this week, at least not at my feeders. It was an unexpected delight.

Shortly after I filmed this clip, I saw this bird swooping down at a squirrel sun bathing on the privacy fence. It’s a very pretty bird; and I’m happy to have a new visitor, especially one who is so entertaining. For more information about the Brown Thrasher or any other bird visit Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is a wonderful educational tool for any bird-watching enthusiast.

Please excuse the shakiness on the video around 0:40. I was trying to readjust into a more comfortable position without startling my model away. I was worried I would miss the chance to video and take photos if I took the time to get the tripod set up.