Today on our #NatureDoodlewash hike I had to stop and sketch this duck, as it’s also Draw A Bird Day hosted by the lovely Laura (and my sister from another mother) over at Create Art Everyday! Not sure if I’ve mastered all the proportions in this as I sort of freaked out when I realized a duck has more layers than an onion. I’ve skidded past some and attempted others to hopefully get to a final piece that’s rather duck-like. I’ve always liked looking at ducks, but this is the first time I’m tried to doodlewash one. They always seem to be so content with life.
We were at the park this weekend, walking our dog Phineas and walked close to a pond full of ducks. Phineas leaned his head over the edge of the water to inspect a group of baby ducks who were poking around for food. When one got a little too close, mama duck screamed loudly causing all of us to jump as the little ducks followed her away to safety. They were adorable, swimming in little lines staying close to their mom. And in less than 60 days, they’ll leave their mother’s side and venture out on their own which is kind of amazing.
It made me think about humans and how it’s not super rare in these times to be with your mother almost 30 years before going out into the wild on your own. I can’t imagine learning everything you need to know to survive in only 60 days. I’m not sure I’ve entirely learned it yet but have been on my own for years. But those little ducklings will soon be on their own, creating their happy little duck life doing whatever it is ducks love to do most. Which, as far as I can tell, means swimming and eating nearly anything they can find. Actually, a duck’s life sounds pretty amazing when you think about it.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Azo Orange, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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