'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

In the Beginning

....there was a sketch. And the sketch seemed to have potential.  And the artist smiled.

(I did this on my new iPad.  Using an app called 'Paper'. )


I have done something similar before, and it was quite successful:

Naturalist's Diary Page. (Godwit Series).
I like exploring the elements of the Godwit's surroundings up in Alaska, their lowland tundra nesting grounds.  For a start, in their breeding plumage they are so much more brightly coloured than their umbers and grays down here in New Zealand.
And when I add some of their significant food and predators, all burgeoning in the fast albeit short Alaskan summer, it's a recipe for a colourful and interesting piece of art.  The writing is the kinds of things I imagine, from my extensive readings, that an early naturalist might write...



4 comments:

  1. That looks just about as comprehensive as it could be. The only thing I find missing in most of my 'bird books' is how long the birds live! Don't tell me you have that in there as well. Great work.

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  2. Actually Cro, it's only one of about 30 pieces for my Godwit Series exhibition. With them all, tho' I reckon I've pretty much got the species covered.

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  3. I think that's GREAT!! I have a birding friend who'd probably love a piece like that. She loves lapwings.

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