I figured, as long as I was "defrosting" critters, I might as well pull out the deceased birds as well.
I hope I am not grossing you out.
Please do not think me morbid... I am so far from that. I would be much happier if these little creatures lived a full, long life. But, as an artist, to get a chance to hold a little wild bird, examine the feet, feathers and wings carefully, the patterns on the face and feel the smoothness of the little beak, well, it really helps to create a more accurate picture.
Notice the lay of the feathers, the wonderful little "hair do" and the shape of the beak.
It didn't take long for the little chipster to become "thawed out" enough to be pliable...
Just look at his darling little feet...
I wish this little guy (or is it a gal??) had been able to marry, raise a family and push his little grandchips in a tree swing, but alas, such is the way of nature. When you live in the country, you become used to the ebb and flow of life.
Those long thin fingers can easily grasp any size acorn...
Little squirrels look so similar to chipmunks in the head shape, fingers and toes.
There are 39 tree folk in the artwork, I hope to finish this drawing tomorrow. It is a full page illustration of a fairly large size, 12"x24" and very busy.
But it is a good thing I have some dvd's to keep me in the house, doing my job, instead of out in the beautiful weather poking about in my garden.
I "listen/watch " these as I draw. I highly recommend the 4 on top if you want to drool over some of the most wonderful gardens in the world!
Sweet tweets to you, till next time!