Random pages from my sketchbook

Blueblack Grosbeak attached to a heliconia stem up on a streamside trail; drawn yesterday.
Blueblack Grosbeak attached to a heliconia stem up on a streamside trail; drawn yesterday.

Spent the whole day drawing a big, beautiful fruiting palm from across the ravine. The day started off cloudy and once the clouds burned off it was clear I’d set myself up to draw directly in the hot Panama sun. As noon approached I had to take shade breaks and drink a lot of water. I think I got sunburned but I’m sure I’ll know better tomorrow. But the drawing is a nice one and well worth the brainfry. I’m sure that will be apparent tomorrow as well. Or not, depending on the extent of the damage.

Whitewhiskered puffbird sketched this morning over a cup of coffee.
Whitewhiskered puffbird sketched this morning over a cup of coffee.

We had a good little thunderstorm in the afternoon and by then I was on our balcony adding pastel color to my morning drawing. It’s quite a lovely thing to be under cover yet open to the elements when a storm’s rolling through. I considered getting my ipod out and listening to music but the music of the forest and the rainstorm was better. The howler monkeys loved the weather and told everyone in earshot about their finer feelings. It got so dark in mid-afternoon that a tinamou began singing.

Rufous motmot, carrying food. Nestlings to feed, perhaps?
Rufous motmot, carrying food. Nestlings to feed, perhaps?

It’s blacklight night again- I’m expected upstairs for the show. With all the afternoon rain, perhaps there’s going to be a nuptial flight. Our fingers are crossed.

One thought on “Random pages from my sketchbook

  1. Becky says:

    Wonderful drawings! I look forward to the day when I can write in my sketchbook, “Whitewhiskered puffbird sketched this morning over a cup of coffee.”

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