Hello world! A very happy Friday to you. It is smelling of spring here. The air is heavy with the scent of citrus, dianthus, rosemary and the occasional skunk! The birds are singing, the Hawks are performing their little mating rituals, I am done with my day's exercise and I get to draw today. I made some progress yesterday. As I thought the feathers on the head are quite complicated. It is time consuming to try and pick out and define them whilst at the same time keeping them pale. This is one of those interesting examples that illustrates that white is rarely white. When you look at the reference photo, at first glance it appears that the feathers are white, as you examine closely you see that a lot of them are actually quite dark grey and taupe colors and very few parts are truly white.
You can see here that I have begun some background work. I tend to work the background at the end of the day when I am tired and I want to do something that requires a lot less concentration. There will be many more layers to build on it. Doing it this way also helps to break up what would otherwise become boring. I know a lot of people are happy to just leave the background with the paper showing. I never feel that a piece is finished if I haven't covered every tiny piece with pencil. I love the sheen and polish that it gives. It does mean that my pieces take a lot longer to work. But one thing I have learned is that taking my time is always worth it. It is horrible to finish a piece and keep looking at it, thinking, 'I wish I had.....', it is so much nicer to finish and think, 'I am glad I did.....'.
So I am off to complete a few more square inches of this piece. Have the best of weekends. We will be shifting ten tonnes of flagstone, which should be fun.