The Curious Chicken

I was painting outside on a small table, and Ruby decided to examine her portrait up close:

An unobstructed view of the portrait:

(She completed her critique and then sampled the watercolors, both on the paper and on the palette!)

Quick Chix

Last week, I tried to do quick, impressionist sketches working directly with pen and ink, followed by wash.

 

Sadly, a few days later, my lovely Amelia was snatched by a predator at dusk. I am heartbroken, left with just a few feathers….sometimes, life on the farm is tragic….

The View out My Window

I spoke on ‘Keeping a Nature Sketchbook’ at the Pennsylvania Private Forest Landowners’ Conference last weekend. One of the themes I mentioned, and one of the easiest ones to pursue, is simply recording the view out of a window. I often sketch the trees or pasture I can see from my studio space; this particular scene focuses on the tree closest to the window, which sports some subtle mossy bits at key spots. I kept to my winter palette, which will soon be supplanted as spring arrives in full and the sepias and browns give way to prominent shads of green.