"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Spotty Woodpeckers and the Fiery Redshank


Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major

I see the spotted woodpeckers often in the woods but we also have a couple that visit the birdfeeders here so it’s easy to watch them. They love peanuts.

Common Redshank  Tringa totanus

A pretty dainty little bird I saw pecking about by the shoreline. I did get a hazy shot this but it is easy to ID because of its brilliant red legs.



As it flew away catching the sun, it looked as though it was on fire. Very beautiful.

Thumbnail of fiery Redshank

It’s those sort of thoughts that make me want to record and note things visually. Not in a conventional accurate drawing but just as a record of what I have been thinking about, what characteristic I find interesting, maybe a colour, a shape, a line or an attempt to understand how something works. Sometimes it might develop into print or a very detailed painting or even something 3D. Thumbnails are very useful !

2 comments:

Jennifer Tetlow said...

What lovely drawings - Woodpeckers are great characters aren't they - mine play hide-and-seek round the feeder, or nearby branch when they see I'm watching them! You've captured it beautifully!

sharp green pencil said...

Hi Jennifer.. Thank you so much ...I am very late with catching up with comment replies.. where does the time go!. I love to watch them. They are a bit of a favourite bird! Hope to do a print soon.. soon...