Thursday, 8 October 2015

Full Sheet Sparrow

I love large paintings, but for practical purposes use small sketchbooks.  They are portable and small sketches are fast to do.

Yesterday I found this little sparrow dead on  the sidewalk, so I brought it home and put it in the freezer, so that I could study it. You can see it in the lower photo.  This morning, as a little break from work, I pulled it out and did my first ever full sized sheet.  It didn't take long and was really fun to do and unlike a sketchbook, can be hung on the wall.   I'll be off to the art supply for more paper tomorrow.


  1. John, this is a wonderful sketch! I now realize I am not the only one! I too have picked up dead birds in order to photograph for my blogspots. If you look at my evenhaazer BlogSpot, under, FEATURED TREASURES - you will find my most recent photo under the title of: NO MORE DEATH. Your sketches are really nice - and I love how you use color. I wish you well.

  2. Thanks Reta - it's amazing to look closely at these beautiful creatures.