My first post - it's what I'm working on

I’m new here, and this is my first post. I’m still trying to figure out how the site works.
I enjoy bird photography, both my own and that of others. Recently a friend posted a Bluebird photo on Facebook, and he gave me permission to draw it. I’m using pastel pencils on white Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper. This is what I’ve gotten done so far. Boy is it hard to keep the white background clean.


That is looking fabulous so far. Can’t wait to see it finished

Stunning :heart::grinning: can’t wait to see it finished

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Beautiful rendering. I look forward to seeing the piece of artwork. Welcome to the site.


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Thanks June. I appreciate the encouragement.

I have liked it when others post multiple photos showing their progress, so I thought I’d let you see where I’m at with this drawing right now. So far, so good.


Awwww!!! The detail is already incredible! Great work! Cant wait to see the finished product!!

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Just finished !!! More difficult than I thought it would be, but then they always are.


Hello Teresa, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful drawing. This is so elegant! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :open_mouth: :tada: :cat:

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Thanks Maki. Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

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SOOOOO beautiful and soft looking. I love it! The details are incredible.


Thanks Brenda. I’m beginning to notice names, like yours, that I’ve seen in the Live Lesson chat box and on the Members Minute. It takes a while to feel like a part of the community, but I think this is a great place to hang out. Loved YOUR bluebird drawing that Matt critiqued recently. Apparently we both like birds. :slight_smile:

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Thank you so much! I’m quite passionate about birds and birding! :grinning: I’ve been sort of addicted since the mid 90’s, and I’ve traveled as far as Australia for the purpose of birdwatching. I love everything about them and have learned to identify most of the birds in Texas by their songs.

I’m so glad you’ve joined the community! It’s such a comfortable space for sharing your art. I look forward to seeing more of your work.


Hi Brenda. Wow, the only birds I ever traveled specifically to see were the migrating Sandhill Cranes as they traveled through Nebraska on their way north. I didn’t get into serious bird watching and identification until 2018 & 2019 when I was the president of our local photography club. We had some members who “shot” mostly birds and they got me hooked in a big way. I live in Minnesota, and a lot of birds are migrating here right now, so birding is great right now and we can actually see them because we don’t have leaves on the trees yet. Unlike you, I am not able to identify them by their songs. If you are on Facebook, feel free to visit my FB page (Terri Robichon) where I frequently post my current bird photos and some of my artwork too.

Terri, I’m on FB a couple of times per week. I’ll see if I can find your page. I’ve never seen the Sandhill cranes when they amass in Nebraska, but I do find them here in the winter and have also visited Bosque del Apache in New Mexico where there is always a sizable wintering flock. I have a photo from there that I hope to eventually use as a reference for a drawing.

Keep up the great work.


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OHHHHH! Love this! And thanks for showing your progress. The details are amazing - that branch! And the colors in the feathers. Please post your next drawing!

Junenez, thanks so much for your comments on my work. I’ve just started the “Roscoe” oil painting from a recent Live Lesson and posted yesterday what it looked like after my first painting session. I’ll try to post my progress on that again sometime next week.

My Roscoe will never be finish! lol. I tried to use oil pastels as I didn’t have any oil paints and actually don’t want any! I don’t really enjoy painting. I’ll look forward to seeing your roscoe

It’s perfectly okay that you don’t like painting. Any creative outlet is good as long as you enjoy it. The great thing about the Virtual Instructor is that they give you opportunities to experiment and figure out where you want to focus your energies. Congratulations on giving the oil pastels a try on this project. I really can’t figure out how you could realistically make it work for this technique.

Beautiful I love it . Looks so natural .