I’m steadily adding to my collection of bird drawings for 2015. I’ve drawn more than half of the birds that we’ve seen this year, and have been enjoying the time and space this project gives me to spend drawing – something that I love to do but for some reason just don’t do often enough.
Most of the birds in this set were spotted around our home in Ngaio, Wellington. We’re so lucky to have such abundant wildlife around us here, despite being close to the city – we see tui daily, and fantails, waxeyes and grey warblers are often flitting around our garden. There are lots of keruru and kaka around the valley, and we’ve even seen kakariki in the bush near our house!
I bought a couple of art pens to try sketching with to give myself a change from pencil. I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed using these pens, and how different the experience is to using soft pencils. I love how immediate it feels, how bold my lines have to be – there’s no way out with pen, whereas with pencil you can always erase lines, or lightly sketch outlines before solidifying your image. Using pen forces me to take more risks with my drawing, which makes it more fun to me. I also like how much stronger the images look, being rendered in black ink on white paper. My drawings seem to stand out more, and I find them more interesting to look at. I find myself looking forward to my next drawing session a lot more than usual.
Here they are, birds 21-30 in order of appearance in our adventures:
21. Welcome Swallow, Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay
22. Rock Pigeon, Clifton Beach, Hawkes Bay
23. Australian Magpie, Wairarapa countryside
24. Paradise Shelduck, Wairarapa countryside
25. Tui, Featherston
26. Keruru, Ngaio, Wellington
27. Ruru (morepork), Ngaio, Wellington (heard)
28. Mallard Duck, Kaiwharawhara stream, Wellington
29. Kaka, Ngaio, Wellington
30. Grey Warbler, Ngaio, Wellington