Blackbird Nest

“Traveler, there is no path; paths are made by walking.” – Antonio Machado

This page kicks off a new journal and seems right for a first post.

Red-winged blackbird nest, 2014; click to view larger

The red-winged blackbird nest was a great find at a local nature center. I started by studying the nest to figure out how it’s put together, where the lightest strands cross in front, and what materials went into making it. Then I did a really loose drawing in ink using Micron 02 and 005 pens. After that, I started to weave more detailed strands in ink and built volume by laying in washes of color. I extended the nest grass right onto the inside cover and added the quote to convey a sense of the journey and the unknown that this journal will capture.

Materials: watercolor and ink; Stillman & Birn, Zeta, 8.5×11” journal

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4 thoughts on “Blackbird Nest

  1. I’m giving a nest a second try. My first didn’t go well. I’m working from a picture. Studying a real nest is such a good idea. I may have to do that and try a third time! Lol! Thx, your nest looks great!

  2. Pingback: Mystery Nest | Drawn In

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