A pond is habitat to a variety of wildlife and birds in addition to the pond-life that lives in the water.
|Pond Life Painting : Duck in Watercolour and Ink|
The first alert to action around the pond is often a commotion and some splashing around in the water, usually caused by ducks, geese or swans.
Observing and sketching birds can be an enjoyable way to become familiar with their anatomy, patterns and colours. Sometimes a sketch can seem to carry little information; it might be lacking detail or it doesn’t appeal in some other way.
This watercolour and ink painting started as a quick sketch. A 6b blunt pencil was used, resulting in a heavy sketch without much detail.
Later, it was sketched again from the original sketch and references, with watercolour and ink added for a more creative painting.
Sketching at the pond or park is a great way to build resource material for more detailed or adventurous paintings and drawings. It's also helps with understanding an animal or bird in more detail - through animal life sketches or from natural history specimens; you can have fun making more imaginative art with so many resources to build on.
Fill the page with many quick sketches of animal art and wildlife - they may not make the most attractive or even artistic entry in the sketchbook or nature journal but you'll be storing up that information for later. One day, when you come to draw it for 'real', you will already be familiar with the subject and it will encompass all that earlier sketching practice to make for a better painting or drawing experience.