It’s been pretty cold here in my neck of the woods as of late and it’s expected to get even colder as the week progresses on. Out of concern for safety my other half’s employer has given everyone the next two days off. So we’ve stocked up on hot cocoa and stuff to make a variety of soups in anticipation of spending the next few days curled up on the couch reading, drawing and consuming warm liquids. Even though it’s going to be dangerously cold, I enjoy times like this. Life seems to slow down a bit and the weather gives me a legitimate excuse to be a hermit so that I can spend my time doing my work without that little devil on my shoulder beckoning me to get out the house. Winter time is when I’m most productive.
So Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. I always like to do a piece in honor of the day since it’s one of my two favorite holidays, the other being Thanksgiving. I typically enjoy Valentine’s day not for all the lovey dovey stuff but rather because my better half and I have an excuse to go out and buy a big box of chocolates and then sit around all day eating them like two little kids. We’re lovey dovey on a daily basis so we don’t need a special day to remind each other how much we care for one another. But we really do love chocolate and we jump at any excuse to go out and get some. 😋
Anyhoo, I wanted to do some more work with birds so I got around to sketching up something I felt was adorable and expressed the sentiments of tenderness and love.
I was hoping to have this piece finished by now but as the saying goes, life happens. My pens dried out so I had to order more, these hives keep going away and then coming back, another loss of a relative and other pressing family needs, sometimes get in the way of being able to just sit down and draw. On the good side, with what I’ve finishes so far, I think I’m getting better at doing feathers. I see myself doing more birds in the future. 😁
I have to say I’m glad to be done with this piece. Usually I feel this tinge of sadness when I finish a drawing but this time I’m glad and relieved. I started it in October of last year, worked on it a few weeks, shelved it for almost a year and now I’ve completed it. For a moment there I wondered if I would make it or if my interest would fade before I could finish. I don’t intend on making that a habit in my process. Next time I’m going to try to finish no matter what it takes.
I’m still working on trying to get prints of this but in the meantime I can move on to my mini art card series “Little Fears” that I mentioned a couple of posts back.
Nature and all her creations has always been a source of inspiration for me. So here’s a eagle sketch I scribbled out while meddling around with some colored pencils and pens.