I was nervous to start, didn't know where to start. Had a difficult time with the scale. I was drawing what I was thinking instead of what I was seeing. The longer I took, the more I saw, and tried to accurately change my sketch to match the photo. I would never have noticed the layers of feathers, the detail of the branches, the lichen growing on the branches. At first it looked like a smooth bird with a few markings, upon closer inspection I was able to pick out individual feathers and stripes, various colors. It changed from a yellow bird to a yellow, black, and brown bird. A bird with stripes, and layers upon layers of feathers. I learned I need a very large ERASER!
I have never drawn a thing in my life aside from elementary school art classes and I've always dreamed of being some type of artist. Finding myself with a lot of extra time these days I wanted to try something new. Spending time every week participating in Feeder Watch, this sounded like a nice accompaniment. Art classes keep being put off but I am reminded of advice I once read in a silly newspaper advice column where an older student asked a question - I really want to become a doctor but med school will take 4 years and by then I will be 35. The response was something like "How much time will have passed in 4 years if you don't do it?" It stuck with me because time passes regardless of whether we follow our dreams.