Monday, 1 August 2016
Ardennes - the buzzard and the starlings
During the day we were painting on the fields near Wirtzfeld (see my previous post) we could hear and see buzzards in the sky above us.
Most of the time it was only hearing them but they were really busy that day.
They were always too far away for my little camera to make a good picture, but my memory is really trained now, so I could sketch this one later the same day. I just had to make something in order to remember that part of the day.
I decided to make a charcoal drawing after my sketch because I like the black and white and also because charcoal drawings can be made in a short time.
I added some treetops, a fir tree in the foreground, clouds of course and some smaller birds - to fill up the empty space in the sky.
It had to be starlings just because every evening we had a 'ballet' of swarming starlings above the lake. These birds entertained us while we were dining and we really liked to look at them.
So this drawing is made up - as a reminder of the birds we saw and heard the most during our stay in the Ardennes.
More information about this charcoal drawing can be found at my website www.jannekesatelier.webs.com