In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A tad overdue...

The shed is a great blind for birdwatching! I did these sketches back in February and meant to get them up sooner...been a BIT distracted...

This was the quick sketch, just the basic shapes of this goldfinch in winter favorite HB mechanical pencil works great for these sketches.

I decided a slightly more dynamic pose would be nice, so I waited till the bird turned its head and re-drew!

I added larger shapes first in color...

...and continued to develop the details.  I got out the goauche to add a few fine white feathers and the sparkle in his eye.

You can see it's been a while since I did him!  I meant to post the progression sooner...I see I added the finished piece shortly after I painted it!


  1. Thanks, Rita! I've got a post on our ongoing competition with wildlife, too, just have to find time to get it up!

  2. Your eye sees so much more than mine, and I'm grateful for that!



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