Mood for a day

While we wait for the grey skies and water to give way to spring sunshine, the sketching goes on. This watery lane shows a typical rain laden grey sky over the oaks and ditches.

On an overcast dry day, this woodpigeon sits quite comfortably in a pruned cherry tree, looking half asleep but fully alert. A little grooming here or there, but no need to hurry.
Drawn using binoculars. Awkward.

Blustery high winds saw this blackbird take shelter on top of the garden fence under a large buddleia bush. He stayed for a good ten minutes, an unusually long time for active passerine birds to stay put, but time enough for me to produce a few sketches and close enough not to need binoculars. First in pencil then in biro, the drawing bottom right shows him hunkered down, buffeted by the wind, checking what I’m doing…windy-blackbird-feb-2014

2 thoughts on “Mood for a day

  1. Loving the peek of green amounts the grey, loved that your used binoculars to draw love that passion Alan. Your bird sketches are stunning, and I have just seen 3 very large wood pigeons in our native Nikau Palm, they love the red berries that grown on them. Fantastic sketching thank you so much for sharing. Best wishes Sue McLennan.

  2. Beautiful, beautiful birds, you’ve really captured their character. I’m putting my bird drawings in the bottom draw now…Grrrr!!

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