Wednesday, April 08, 2009

going to the birds


Common Loon ~ coloured pencil and other drawing media on Legion Rising Stonehenge paper

So far, for this series, I've stuck with birds that have shown up in my yard. But I caved in with this one because I love loons so much (and I'm not just talkin' the dollar coins) and though I rarely have a chance to see them,
when I do I lubs them even more. This one is also larger and will be framed to 21" x 21". One more large one and I'm done with the bird series. I've used 245gsm Legion Rising Stonehenge for the last two drawings and have discovered that it's not quite as black as the Strathmore, but is softer and heavier. I like it a lot.

Meanwhile, the Eagle Eye Cam is back. This one is here in Delta at O.W.L. There's another angle here. I hope I'm online when the eggs hatch.

16 Comments:

Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

I love that loon, Andrea! It's gorgeous! Especially with the purple border.

8/4/09 7:06 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

oooooo, I like. Slam dunk, sure sale. Brings back memories of dusk on a lakeside Georgian Bay cottage. Which, it would also grace the wall of that cottage very nicely, if only it were mine:(

This series is especially suited to that ideal patron you wrote about!

8/4/09 7:41 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I agree this one is fabulous - the colours are rich and magical yet the bird looks entirely realistic - quite a triumph!

9/4/09 1:10 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Andrea, all your bird art is wonderful. Darn I wish I had the time for more art. Soon I will. You will do great at the bird festival.

9/4/09 3:16 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Andrea, your bird pieces are exquisite. Wish I could see them in person.

9/4/09 5:01 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Ponita: I debated about the purple border so I'm glad it works!

Ellen: Oh sales. They're not so good this year. I hope you're right!

Caroline: That's exactly what I was going for! Thank you!

Toni: Yours is so charming, too -- like the birds you do. I hope you have more time soon.

Melody: Thanks Melody and they *are* better in person if I do say so myself...

9/4/09 8:27 AM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Pretty pointless, my adding a comment,right?
And you feature O.W.L. as well. Is this becoming a dinahblog?

9/4/09 1:06 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

This is your best bird piece yet, IMO! Love this one Andrea - perfect balance of biological accuracy and design/graphic elements. Love it.

9/4/09 1:33 PM  
Blogger Laure Ferlita said...

I have to agree with tlc above, this has a great balance of accuracy and playfulness. Love the colors in the water and how them seem to bring out the loon. Border really ties it all together! Wonderful work!!

9/4/09 1:57 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Your birds are amazing! I absolutely love your work and admire you talent!

9/4/09 1:59 PM  
Blogger Casdok said...

Its beautiful - love the colours.

10/4/09 3:27 AM  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Oh, a LOON! This is so beautiful, Andrea! I especially like the way the reeds are reflected in the water behind the bird.

10/4/09 8:18 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Sometimes when I look at the eaglecam I feel a bit like a voyeur and want to apologize to her.

13/4/09 8:59 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Dinah: I do my best to ALWAYS make it a Dinahblog.

Tara: Exactly what I was going for! Thank you! (and I agree -- it's my favourite of the bunch)

Laure: And it was one of those ones that happens almost unconsciously. Like I almost wasn't there.

Sheri: You're making me blush. Shame on you. :)

Casdok & Kiki: Thanks for the kind words.

Ian: Me, too. :)

14/4/09 8:42 AM  
Blogger Mr Coppens said...

I love this piece. I have an old friend who carves Loons and they are gorgeous.

During my years of summering out at Lake Of The Woods I would get up at sunrise and paddle for about 2hours.

Nobody else was out on the water except me & the Loons. Every once in a while one would surface beside. It was so cool.

The call of a Loon is one of the most haunting sounds in Nature. Even if they spend all their time trying to kill each other they still add a touch of magic to the great out-of-doors.

15/4/09 6:28 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ooooh, a new CAM! It's the one part of modern technology that I absolutely, whole-heartedly endorse.

of course the loon is fabulous, all of your work always is!

19/4/09 5:27 AM  

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