If it’s too cold to venture out into the woods with my dogs I am happy to watch the birds at the feeder outside my glass sliders. They puff themselves up in the cold and feast on sunflower seeds. My husband calls it Bird TV and it never gets old.
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Eagle study 3, 6×9″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia
Today’s eagle sketch was made while watching this long-suffering bird snapping at flies that were after his/her partially finished meal. I decided to zoom in a bit on the head of the eagle. I’m learning more and more about what shapes make up an eagle’s head the more that I do this. And it’s fun!
Quick, before it moves!
It’s also tricky, because, unlike a model, who gets paid to hold a pose until the timer goes off, I never know what this bird is going to do next. For instance, right after I finished the preliminary sketch in pink, the bird got up and rearranged itself and I had to decide whether I had enough information to try to finish what I’d started. Turns out, I had enough, and happily, the eagle eventually returned to its original spot. By then, of course, the sun had gotten higher in the sky and the shadows had changed, but that’s life!