I’m just wrapping up the last of the warblers I have been working on drawing for the forthcoming book Niagara Birds, edited by John Black and Kayo Roy. The project has been a bit more of an undertaking than I had originally anticipated when I agreed to do it, I certainly had expected to have them all finished by now. But, well, it’s so easy to get caught up in other projects or diversions, chores and errands, and before you know it time has slipped away. I was also amazed at how challenging some of the warblers were to depict in black-and-white, something I hadn’t considered until I actually sat down to do them. So much of how we identify warblers is through their colours, such that those species that lack conspicuous markings are difficult to actually make look like the species they’re supposed to be.
I’ve put the originals up for sale at my online shop on Etsy – better they hang on a wall than languish hidden away in a folder somewhere, and I’ve only got so much wall space in my own house. (I also won’t turn my nose up at some compensation for the time put into them.) A friend of mine tipped me off to Etsy, which is a great forum for artists, artisans and crafters to sell their wares, a virtual craft fair or one-of-a-kind-show without all the travel expenses. Even if you’re not interested in my drawings, be sure to check out the rest of the site, there’s plenty of cool crafts and amazing art to browse through!
Once these are done I start working on preliminary sketches of some blackbirds for a field guide to Brazil. I had 37 warblers to draw; now I have 58 blackbirds to paint. And just in case I have too much down time on my hands, I’ll also have moth photos to edit for the field guide I’m working on with TheMothMan, hopefully some additional form of income-earning writing (I’m still poking around, sending out investigative feelers on various ideas there), and, of course, this blog to update.
These are a few of my favourites of the warbler drawings, but there are many more up online at my Etsy shop. Feel free to pop over to check them out, or to buy something if you’re interested. An original, one-of-a-kind artwork makes a great gift!