Friday, February 08, 2013

Sketching Day

"Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world."
                - Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing

Not included in this sketch was the great horned owl's intended lunch - a skunk.

It was kind of a chilly day with snow in the air. I managed to get in a brisk walk ("brisk" both in the temperature and pace sense) along the river this morning but afterwards I sought out some warmer indoor activities.

There's a small natural history museum on our university campus so I packed up my pencils and sketchbook and headed there. It's been a while since I sketched and I've missed it. I know some artists hate drawing and sketching but I love it. I just don't do it enough.

Bird feet fascinate me.

This sketch doesn't do justice to the grebe's "ears" - a beautiful gold-blond spray of feathers just behind the eyes.


Sherrie York said...

Hooray for sketching at museums on cold days. It's one of the few things I miss about living as far from a city as I do. Nice work!

Gabrielle said...

Hi Sherrie, thanks for stopping by!

Yes, I'm lucky to have a museum here. And a small zoo! (Although it is closed in winter) I think it's unusual for a community of this size.