Mermaids, Gargoyles and California Quail

Gone for a week and came home to a pile of work and not enough time to do it. The litter pie is staying warm on the back burner until I get these gargoyles, mermaids, fairies and angels finished. Along with illustrating and painting, I design figurines for the giftware market. I actually get a kick out it; gargoyles are drawn with a glass of wine in one hand (it releases the inner demons and after a little alcohol they all want to party). Fairies need to be coaxed out with Irish music — something about penny whistles and jig time does the trick. Angels are best drawn following trips to Florence (like the one we took in December)for inspiration, and mermaids, well, I just started doing those, and I haven’t nailed down the best way to get there yet with mermaids. I might have to make a trip to an aquarium sometime soon, or maybe just out to my little pond out back with the goldfish, or as I like to put it, “prey”. There’s a red-shouldered hawk out here that thinks it’s an osprey and flops feet first into the freezing water and pops back up with a long strip of wriggling golden sushi. No mermaids out there that I know of, but if there were any, they’d be kept under control by the friendly neighborhood red-shouldered fish-hawk.

While visiting my family in Los Angeles (actually, the dry hills north in Ventura County) I got to watch the birds come to the feeder: lesser and American goldfinches, white-crowned sparrows, mourning doves, California towhees, American crows, rock doves, house finches, scrub jays, yellow-rumped warblers, and best of all, a pair of California Quail attracted by cracked corn on the ground. Got to sketch one from the breakfast table.

Oh well, back to the drawing board. Gargoyles await.

One thought on “Mermaids, Gargoyles and California Quail

  1. Dave Bonta says:


    I don’t see any contact form in your sidebar, so I’m using this comment form. I’d like permission to reproduce this post for a special “Greatest Blog Hits” issue of qarrtsiluni, an arts-and-letters blogzine I co-edit – The issue is currently underway, as you’ll see, but we haven’t included anything from a sketch blog yet. This post strikes my co-editor and me as a great exemplar of the genre.

    Please contact me: qarrtsiluni (at) gmail (dot) com if you’re interested in letting us republish this. We would of course link to your site, and would store copies of the images on our own site rather than stealing your bandwidth, unless you prefer otherwise.

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