This handsome fellow I have given the name Rain Bird because it’s been raining all day, I’ve been listening to Love and Rockets, and because he’s a bird! Need there be more reasons?I recorded some video of him at the zoo when the kids and I went a couple of weeks ago and used that as my reference. Goodness, what if he is really a her?! She might be upset about this. Next time I’ll try and make a note of species and gender.
This drawing is on two pages in my sketchbook. To-do lists, gouache, ink and pastel pencil. Originally I intended to do a lot more with color, but it got to this spot and felt right so I stopped. Maybe Rain Bird will reappear in a painting. The words in the top right are the opening lyric from “Rain Bird”, by Love and Rockets. Yes, I am still listening to them after all these years! When I can’t decide what to listen to, Love and Rockets usually gets put on.
I mentioned that I used video for reference on this one. It occurred to me the other day that home movies could be a fun source of reference material for drawings and paintings. I loaded the zoo video with the Rain Bird on the computer and used screen capture to get some stills. Perfect. I’ll definitely be doing it more.
Here’s a live performance of David J doing “Rain Bird”.