as the school year rapidly deflates, so goes my energy for extracurricular activities in my sketchbook. still, i did manage to do a bit of play and exploration this week.
with copics as in the oak branchlet above…
with gouache on the back of the oak leaf page – an attempt at hiding the bleed-through. it didn’t cover all of it and that’s fine. imperfection is the hallmark of the hand-drawn right?
in the garden, my friends, the oriole couple, have returned to swing like monkeys from the hummer feeder. back in 2013 i wrote about them HERE.
i’m convinced they’re the same couple who visits each year. according to my birds of los angeles guide you can tell them apart from the bullocks oriole by their slightly down-curved bill.
this is the male. the pair know when i’m in the kitchen. if the feeder is empty they are extremely vocal in letting me know! they go through the entire feeder in 2 days.
this is one of my after school helpers. she likes to put on my p.e. hat & glasses, kick back in my chair, eat apples, and preview the upcoming chapter in the read aloud. when i try and get my “helpers” to leave so i can get my real work done, they hide in the closet. the other day i threatened to move their pins down on the behavior chart if they didn’t leave.
oh yeah, why not?
we have our pins in our pockets!