As many artists realize it is amazing what a little time, and consequently perspective, will do. After completing the wild horse image (now the latest object of my discouragement -- all I can see is everything that is wrong with it!), I pulled the drawing of the young trumpeter swan from its drawer and gave it a good look. Amazingly, its not nearly the failure that I recall! So I have decided to complete it after all, in time for the exhibition "...Birds" at the Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio next month.
The photo references for this young swan were taken at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Battle Creek, Michigan. The sanctuary provides the opportunity for photographers to get very close to wild waterfowl, as well as captive raptors that have been rehabilitated from injury. As you can see, I used the grid method to lay out the initial sketch. It is being drawn on Strathmore 400 Bristol with Derwent Graphic pencils.
And the recently completed horses image? The final photographs have been taken, and it has been placed in a flat file drawer all its own.........while my attitude adjusts! I will share the final image soon, as well as the story behind the two horses depicted.
Finally, I'm happy to report that I know for a fact that Spring is here. I know this because my wonderful 86-year-old neighbor, Wilbur, returned from Florida several days ago.........a sure sign! Before you know it he will be toiling in his (very large) garden daily, and leaving gifts of vegetables on my patio table. He and his lovely wife, Doris, are tremendously good neighbors. I am always so happy to see them return, as it means that the barn swallows and warm weather are not far behind!