Can’t remember if I posted this already 😅 Do you think the sideways foot helps her balance more? And is there anything better than the sound of birbs chomping apples? Maybe the sound of birb feet on hardwood clack clack. Definitely not the sound of bottle on hardwood 😂
This is what I do when I need to clear my head.
Growing up, I used to paint (watercolor mainly) but there aren't enough hours in the day of late and besides, I love what my computer and Wacom tablet (and now my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil) allow me to do.
The original portrait I took of this noble American Stork is top left. Each of the 7 sketches that follow took between 5 and 10 minutes with between 3 and 10 layers of various textures I've shot over the years. The final piece in the bottom right took several hours and has dozens of layers of texture and layer masks using all sorts of varied blending modes at assorted opacities. What I like about this creative sketching process is it allows me to work quickly and explore different color palettes and see how the textures change the feeling of the work. The same holds true for my Lightroom Post-Processing workflow. Invariably, I will play with 3 to 5 variations of an image before deciding where I want to take the final. It's art therapy for sure but the results for me are invaluable (both for the creative exercise and also the meditative state it allows me to get to.
And for the record, I can teach this to anyone in about an hour. (Two if you're slow)
☑️ 175. Lifer! Antarctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides)...finally! There's been regular sightings of this species throughout New Zealand over the winter, but it took me five trips out on the @albatrossencounterkaikoura boat to finally track down a couple of these elegant, gull-sized seabirds, which kept being harassed by karoro (black-backed gulls) anytime they came close. Despite their population size of around 4 million, Antarctic fulmar are relatively rare migrants to NZ, so I'm stoked to add them as the 175th bird for my NZ big year 🎉.