Four Letter Bird

Original Artwork by Lisa Sindorf
I have a show up at Albatross Pub in Berkeley! Now through June 30. There will be a reception on April 5 at 7pm. If you’re local, stop by and say hi! 

I have a show up at Albatross Pub in Berkeley! Now through June 30. There will be a reception on April 5 at 7pm. If you’re local, stop by and say hi! 

Just approved the proofs for my upcoming show! I love how the watercolor looks at this scale. Huge thank you to my wonderful printer,Tony, at Berkeley Giclee.

Just approved the proofs for my upcoming show! I love how the watercolor looks at this scale. Huge thank you to my wonderful printer,Tony, at Berkeley Giclee.

Field sketching today at Castle Rock Regional Park. Twisty oaks and complex shadows.

Just a doodle of a kid and her enormous wolfhound

Just a doodle of a kid and her enormous wolfhound

Western Kingbird. 
One of my new year’s resolutions is to reflect on my drawings’ strengths and weaknesses. So: 
Strengths—Mostly in learning to use watercolor better. I like the yellow gradient on the belly which came about because I’m finally understanding how to pay attention to and control how much paint is on my brush. (Hint—gotta wipe it on a paper towel!) I finally am understanding how to mix cool and warm grays. Also, I kept on layering bravely until I got some quite dark darks in here which I often don’t do. 
To improve: Anatomy—the feet are wonky, the beak’s too big, and the belly angles too sharply toward the tail. I was congratulating myself on checking angles and proportions around the head and back but LOL I forgot to check the rest i guess! Lighting—my photo reference had a strong highlight which I didn’t capture, especially on the body. I’m not sure about the brown ink either, I think it works better with more cartoony style drawings. 

Western Kingbird. 

One of my new year’s resolutions is to reflect on my drawings’ strengths and weaknesses. So: 

Strengths—Mostly in learning to use watercolor better. I like the yellow gradient on the belly which came about because I’m finally understanding how to pay attention to and control how much paint is on my brush. (Hint—gotta wipe it on a paper towel!) I finally am understanding how to mix cool and warm grays. Also, I kept on layering bravely until I got some quite dark darks in here which I often don’t do. 

To improve: Anatomy—the feet are wonky, the beak’s too big, and the belly angles too sharply toward the tail. I was congratulating myself on checking angles and proportions around the head and back but LOL I forgot to check the rest i guess! Lighting—my photo reference had a strong highlight which I didn’t capture, especially on the body. I’m not sure about the brown ink either, I think it works better with more cartoony style drawings. 

Sketching birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This is an African Spoonbill and a Great Blue Turaco.

Old Borges ranch in Walnut Creek

Old Borges ranch in Walnut Creek

Eastshore State Park.

Eastshore State Park.

Found a dead sandpiper. I can’t tell if it’s a western or semipalmated but it sure is cute. Lots of curious people passed by as I sat by the side of the road sketching.

Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland