Still here, still creating

20140227-112444.jpgI’ve slowed down on my bird project while I’m exploring other fundamentals in the practice of drawing. I came across a beautiful dead bird a few weeks ago which asked to be drawn in a different way than my previous exploration in drawing birds.

I could really feel that drawing from life is extremely different–energizing. The presence of death is richer than a book illustration or photograph. So here is one of many sketches of the bird in repose. It was interesting to experience the shift in choosing my materials and size of paper. I was drawn to use chalk pastel on 24 by 30 inch paper.