Gone The Way Of The Dodo

Saturday was the last day of the “Curiosities Exhibition” at our civilisation museum.  It could have been one of the best for sketchers but the decision to put everything in the dark, unfortunately, made it one of the worst.  I’m both happy and sad to see it go because there were so many things worth sketching, but trying to see what you were sketching was such a frustration.

It seemed appropriate for me to do my last sketch there of the Dodo bird, a bird that was made extinct back in the 1600s.  Humans brought rats to their home island and then started turning their jungle-like habitats into pasture land by the logging of ebony.  As we’ve allowed 30% of our bird population to be eliminated from the Earth in the last 50 years, we should reflect on the Dodo and so I do here.

Doodling At Home

I’ve been spending a lot of time doing various doodles at home because we’re having a flurry of snowstorms (pun somewhat intended) and so it hasn’t been pleasant to get out to sketch.  Here are a couple examples:

What would it be like if I were an ant?  I started with the mushroom and just started adding stuff I could see around it, if I were an ant.

I see people sketching leaves a lot.  I’ve done a few but never been able to get the ‘rusty’ spots that leaves get as they degrade.  I spend some time with this idea, trying varying amounts of water, working wet-on-wet.  I’m out of my depth when I try wet-on-wet I’m afraid.  This was my best result, which only says that the others were even worse (grin).

I won’t bore you with any more, mostly because I’m too lazy to scan them.  I will say that these sessions were productive and I learned a little.  Besides, sloshing paint and ink around is always fun.