Well good morning and a happy, hot Wednesday to you! It is over 100f here and l am a drippy mess! Of course that just means that more ice cream is called for and batches of candy cap and peach are in the freezer and peach sorbet from our beautiful home grown peaches, so there are some compensations for being so overheated!
We have had a mini adventure in our lives this week, as whilst out walking l noticed a pair of quail panicking next to a storm drain, then the female very deliberately flew down it. Their behaviour was very odd, l took a look down and could see her at the bottom, but no sign of anything else, but my gut feeling was that they must have had a baby fall down there. I went back a couple of hours later with feed and she was still there, no sign of a baby. So l left feed but couldn't see how she could get out, it being 11ft down with a tiny opening. We went back that evening to see if she had been able to leave and discovered she had 7 or 8 very young chicks not more than a day or two old (and certainly too young to fly) and they were all down the storm drain. No wonder they had been panicking. Anyway, l have been feeding them all week and we put down a plank covered in cloth in the hopes that the babies could walk up it. Last night l couldn't see them, so l am very hopeful that they negotiated the very steep plank, and escaped.
I absolutely love birds, which is why l return so often to drawing them, and as l wasn't totally happy with my last hummingbird picture, l decided to try again. I haven't even got around to blogging about it, l am so behind, but if you want to see it l will put the link below this post. This time l decided to draw just the bird.
What l have found from drawing both hummingbirds is that l cannot get my pencil to a fine enough point to get the detail that l would like to get. The only way around this that l can think of would be to work even bigger, but there is something a bit creepy about seeing a huge hummingbird, so at the minute l have had to compromise. And you can see from this photo just how sharp l keep my pencils, so l am not sure l could get any finer lines from them than l already do.
This piece gave me the opportunity to get out all the beautiful, vibrant colors that l so like working with. And l have had such a lot of fun drawing this piece. The challenge of getting the shine on the feathers, and getting the little sequin feathers right was a nice one and l think there is some improvement over the last drawing. And that for me is what it is all about. Just to get a little better with each piece.
So enjoy your Wednesday whatever you are doing and check out the links below to see the last hummingbird or get tips on using colored pencils. Happy drawing to you!