Friday, April 03, 2009


Northern Flicker ~ coloured pencil and other drawing media on Legion Rising Stonehenge paper

This is my first stab at a larger bird drawing. It's similar enough to the small ones, except you can see that there's a greater level of detail. I wanted to bridge the gap between the style of art I like to make and the detail/realism that is attractive to the naturalist.

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Blogger Ellen said...

Ha, when you said larger bird drawings, I thought you meant larger birds. duh me. I really like this, the Pratt style and extra realism merge together really well. How big is this?

3/4/09 9:46 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

This bird has real character!

Hmm... how many of these are you planning to make?

Do they take long?

4/4/09 6:02 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen: I meant larger birds AND larger drawings. I was planning to do waterfowl but got distracted by the Flicker (again), which is quite large. The actual image is only 10.5" x 10.5" but is framed to 21" x 21".

Caro: Not sure. At least one more large one. If I make more than that I'll need more frames!

4/4/09 9:47 a.m.  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Beautiful Flicker!

4/4/09 9:59 a.m.  
Blogger Laure Ferlita said...

THis is gorgeous! Love all the detail in your Flicker! Would love to see more.

4/4/09 11:59 a.m.  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Very nice, Andrea! We see lots of flickers here.... when there is no snow...

Can you believe we have had 5 solid months of snow here? This winter has sucked the big one.

Hope spring is in full bloom there!

4/4/09 9:09 p.m.  
Blogger Laura said...

Wonderful flicker! Looks like he's about to hop out of the painting.

4/4/09 11:11 p.m.  
Blogger Teri C said...

I came over from Laure's blog when she mentioned you. Beautiful art work!!

7/4/09 8:20 a.m.  
Blogger Kelly said...

Wow! I love your bird art...very cool!! I just came from Laure's "Painted Thoughts" blog where she recommended we visit you! I'm glad I did.

7/4/09 8:49 a.m.  
Blogger Teresa Mallen said...

I came from Laure's blog too. :-) I love your art. Your birds remind me of Joyce Geleynse's work. She was the featured artist in my November newsletter. (If you would like to see Joyce's work, you can get to it via the newsletter link on my blog.)

I look forward to seeing more of your work!

7/4/09 1:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this. Sorry I missed the bird poll. I like the second one if I had to choose but really they're both great!

7/4/09 7:11 p.m.  
Blogger Vickie said...

Your art is absolutely stunning. In the past I've create counted cross-stitch samplers and patchwork quilts and have always been a fan of historic folk art. Your work gives me the delightful impression of combining all of them with contemporary painting. I love it.

8/4/09 7:49 a.m.  
Blogger Hayden said...

I was immediately captivated by the gremlin-cat and the mobile in your cluster of photos - thanks for the link

8/4/09 8:10 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Kiki and Laure: Thank you!

Ponita: Spring is FINALLY here. And we saw Flickers when we had snow and they didn't like it at all! They were as shocked as us that it lasted so long I think.

Laura and Teri C and Kelly: Thanks for visiting and -- just thanks. :)

Teresa: I looked at her work and am flattered by the comparison. Thanks!

Vickie: Another one for that camp. Now I'm wondering if I chose the right one...

Vickie: Wow -- that's a cross section of styles. I love that!

Hayden: The idea of the Ninjas duking it out on a mobile really appeals to me, too.

8/4/09 4:52 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

We must live in the same part of the world since we get all the same birds at our feeders as you do apparently. :-) My flicker loves the suet feeder - decimates it, in fact. (He also gets the dog very excited, since he is about the size of a squirrel. Such wishful canine thinking...)

9/4/09 1:31 p.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

This is my favorite of all your bird drawings! I love it!

18/4/09 11:24 p.m.  

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