I've been thinking about crows again...after a break for a while, they return and say, "Paint us!" Using several photos taken during our last trip to Shaker Village in the fall, I sketched out some crows flying on a large sheet of tracing paper. From there, it's a matter of choosing the composition and then drawing or tracing them onto the watercolor paper.
I have several crow models sitting all around my little art room watching me, to make sure I do it right! ha ha
I get these fake ones around Halloween when they are out, being used for decorations. Not sure why crows have gotten such a bad reputation - they are such amazing and smart birds...and have learned to survive around humans forever (not an easy thing for some animals).
I haven't seen or heard many lately but they often are more obvious in the wintertime. Never sure where they go or why they choose to gather in some places and not others (usually it has to do with scavenging food).
Some of my models are a bit worse for wear, their fake feathers bent and falling out, in need or repair. I have six in my art room right now and will probably add more in the future.
What is your muse? What inspires you? What do you want to paint this year?