Here's how far I got on the painting tonight. I had to tackle the bird first - everything else needs to be in response to him. And I did go for the underwing pattern - which turns out to be a series of spots on the leading edges of the feathers. Funny, I've found their feathers in the yard before and didn't have any idea who might have spots like that - I guess I never really observed them closely enough before, even at photos. That's that drawing does - it makes you really look, and set your preconceived notions aside. We tend to see what we think we see, and we miss what's really there. This is my entry for Art Every Day Month - 11/15.
I took the day off Friday and we went to Greensboro, to the science museum. They have a great littel zoo, and we spent over half the time there. We saw wallabies (up close - you get right in their space), white handed gibbons (swinging through their enclosure and sitting on their faux temple ruin, on the top of the big face sculptures, under the roof eaves out of the light rain), tigers (gorgeous male and female, restless and snarling ocassionaly at the smell of the maned wolves in the next habitat), red ruffed lemurs, koati mundi (comically sticking their long noses into a bottle of food hung on a string) and what do I take pictures of??? SHEEP! and Nigerian goats (below). No pictures of the more exotic critters at all. I guess I deserve the stupid sheep paintings.
We also stopped (after a good Italian dinner) at Edward McKay's used books and CDs. Huge place (GSO has their biggest store). We left with a box of books and CDs. My personal haul was 6 CDs for painting to:
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (uncensored version)
10000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
Los Lonely Boys - Los Lonely Boys (I already have Forgiven)
Cake - Motorcade of Generosity (the only one Alex hasn't got)
David Wilcox - Underneath
The Cranberries - No Need to Argue
$27 for all six, all in great condition - not bad.