\ Geese Pairs Heading South (Illustrated 2013) Crow Quill pen with India Ink on Crescent Illustration board 7.5″x10″.
After living in Minnesota for many years, the geese in flight and their honking arrivals and departures, have become a familiar bird watching experience. It is always exciting to watch and also to illustrate. Geese are a messy bird and some would say a bother. True, if they are on your front lawn, but in the air they are magnificent. This bird mates for life and flock as a group for life as well. Wildlife painting requires good research information and observation, sometimes seeing the geese fly gives enough inspiration to go do the research or get the camera, or sketch pad out. Bird watching is not only a great and popular hobby, it is a great wildlife painter pleasure too!
In the morning, most every morning, I doodle. I used to doodle (draw) randomly, but after years (years and years) of doodling, I realized I would rather “design doodle” than “sketch doodle” or “random doodle.” As a result, most of my doodles become designs of some abstract rendering! Drawing and art in general are well served by doodling. I think to draw daily is one very important aspect both to do and to cause grand children to do too.
I use pencil mostly, but often enough, a felt tip pen can be found nearby, or an ink pen,(ball point will do). We keep a ream of typing paper near the tea pot for just such an occasion.