Gull Study – Bird #49 of 100

Almost halfway through my goal of painting/drawing/collaging 100 birds! Today, I’ve done another pencil and water soluble graphite sketch. This time it’s a gull sitting on a seaweed covered rock. These guys were experts at finding and eating little crabs that got caught in the tidal pools.

Gull Study 8 X 5″ Graphite in Sketchbook (NFS)

Crow Study – Bird #48 of 100

Here’s another of my Nova Scotia friends. This guy (or gal) had a favourite perch on the top of a dead tree. He liked to tell everyone about it. Every day. Loudly!

This is another graphite sketch, done just for me! (And to share here.) I’m probably going to explore these further, using mixed media or collage, or maybe watercolour!

Crow Study 4″ X 5″ Graphite in Sketchbook. (NFS)

An “Unkindess” of Ravens! Birds # 27, 28, and 29 of 100

According to Lifescience.com, “A group of ravens is called an “unkindness” or “conspiracy,” which seems fitting, since ravens are traditionally considered creepy; in fact, seeing many of them in one place can induce Hitchcockian “The Birds”-like flashbacks in even the least ornithophobic (those people with a fear of birds).”

I, however, find ravens and crows fascinating because they are so smart, and also beautiful with their glossy black feathers and large size.

I’ve been experimenting with mixed media quite a bit in my bird series. I did these two trouble-makers with a mix of acrylics, colored pencils, and soft pastels. Here are Heckle and Jeckle!

Heckle – Mixed Media 5 X 7″ on paper $45 CAD plus shipping and handling
Jeckle – Mixed Media 5 X 7″ on Paper $45 CAD plus shipping and handling



I also had a chance to try out some water soluble graphite with help from my friend Tom, who kindly let me use them for this guy:

Loudmouth – Graphite on paper 8″ X 10″ $100 CAD plus shipping and handling.