Sketches From Spain

Stork nests, cork oak, and  Spanish not-so-wild wild horses. They roam at will, same as the spotted cattle, wild boars and deer herds. White storks cruised overhead, just to let me know they hadn't sublet the property. Watercolor over pencil, 8 1/2" x 11", Lana spiral bound drawing book.
Stork nests, cork oaks, and Spanish not-so-wild wild horses. They roam at will, same as the spotted cattle with the intimidating horns. Although it’s not nesting season, white storks cruised overhead and clattered their beaks to let me know they hadn’t sublet the property. Doñana National Park, Spain. Watercolor over pencil, 8 1/2″ x 11″, Lana spiral bound drawing book.
Cork oak in bright morning sun. Curlicue branches and deeply pleated bark, many slabs of which were scattered on the ground, colonized by ants. It's a fine-looking tree, and now that everyone's switching to screw-caps, maybe it can grow in peace. Doñana National Park, southern Spain. Watercolor over pencil on 8 1/2" x 11" Lana spiral-bound drawing book.
Now that everyone’s switched to screw-tops, maybe cork oaks can finally grow in peace. Doñana National Park, Spain. Watercolor over pencil on 8 1/2″ x 11″ Lana spiral-bound drawing book.
Flamingoes can feed on their feet in some deep water, and they do the coolest little two-step dance. Heads far underwater, pink toothpick legs moving back and forth in little steps, they look exactly like...Flamenco dancers. Yes. There's gotta be a connection. Give them a pair of castanets, and there you go. They already have the pink ruffled hem. Doñana National Park, Spain. Drawn through a scope. Watercolor over pencil on 8 1/2" x 11" Lana spiral bound drawing book.
Flamingoes do the coolest little two-step shuffle while they feed. Pink toothpick legs wave back and forth as they take fluttery little steps in place; they look exactly like flamenco dancers. I’d never made the connection before, but I’m drawing a line right through those two dots: give that bird a pair of castanets. Doñana National Park, Spain. Sketched through a scope. Watercolor over pencil on 8 1/2″ x 11″ Lana spiral bound drawing book.

One thought on “Sketches From Spain

  1. Jose A. Sencianes says:

    Hi Debby! I’m a follower of your blog since a few years. I’m a wildlife painter too, I live near of Doñana NP and I usually leave to paint all the afternoons. I have seen that you are spending some days in Doñana, and this afternoon I will be painting in El Rocío marshes, from the old road to Matalascañas (today for me 11/26/14). It would be a pleasure for me meet you if the time allows it to you.
    I hope that you are enjoying of Doñana. Excuse me for my English! Greetings!

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