The Rose-breasted Grosbeak’s have been plentiful this season. I have my own photos, but a friend, Steve Bradley, took one of a male that truly inspired me. I used his photo for my painting and one of my own for the female.
First I practiced drawing them since their big old beaks were a new shape for me.
Then I tried the male on my Mom’s Mother’s Day card/letter. I decided I liked that so well, I did the couple in my nature journal (the first image above.)
We got a bit of icy weather and snow this week. That means more birds at the feeders.
Over my lunch hour, my favorite sketch this week is an eagle from John Baughman’s image on Facebook’s Indiana Birdography.