If I can find a good picture of some of our many ducks, I will do them next, but meanwhile, it’s definitely time for the geese.

In the name of using materials I already own, I’m “using up” a couple of big pads of paper. This is my least favorite paper. It is light gray rather than white and it tears, even if the tip of the pencil is a bit too sharp. If ever I needed a lesson in the importance of paper quality, working with this stuff reminds me you get what you pay for, especially in art supplies.

Categories: Arts, birds, Blackstone River, Drawings, Sketchbook

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  1. We have them around here this time of year. Someone needs to get them a map to show them this is not Canada..


  2. I hope those Canada Geese maintained our tradition of politeness!!!! And apologized often…..


    • Canada geese are SO un-Canadian. They never apologize for anything. They are the most privileged of geese. We used to have a flock of them at an office park I worked in. They would march in a straight line down the sidewalks — maybe a dozen of them including all their teenagers included — and woe on you should you not fail to step aside and let their feathered army pass! There wasn’t even any water on the premises. They were just as happy in the grass, eating all flowers and presumably, the bugs.

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      • Well…allow me to be Canadian and apologize for our rude geese!!!


        • That’s okay. Some places use geese instead of watch dogs. They are MORE AGRESSIVE than dogs! Don’t mess with an angry goose! They are VERY strong — much stronger than their weight would indicate.

          Swans are powerful too — and HEAVY. They aren’t nearly as agile as Canada geese and have to do a lot of running on top of the water before they can take to the air. Sometimes, they give up and walk across the roads which can be pretty funny.

          In their periodic battle for a piece of the pond, the geese have it on agility and air-worthiness, but the swans have it on sheer bulk and strength. A full-grown male swan can be 30 pounds of pure meanness.


    • Not my best, but not bad. I’ve been doing a lot of smaller drawings on the theory (proposed by the show “Sketchbook” which is a fantastic teaching tool) that practice practice practice is the key to getting better. And remembering that many drawings will not come out the way you want them. I was trying to draw Bluebirds last night and I drew six eventually. Two were tossed in the trash — or more accurately, town into strips as page markers so I can find what I’m looking for. Two I like very well and one more is good, but not exactly what I wanted.

      My goal is to make them look the way I want them to look. I’m getting there. It’s a process and it really does take practice. You draw one you really like and you think “I’VE GOT IT!” But then the next one is two steps backward. I think this is what practicing is all about.

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  3. Beautiful painted. I have heard they are very loud, and have a very exclusive behavior against other kind of geese, right? xx Michael

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    • I don’t know how they are with other geese. They have no problem with ducks. Actually, every bird on the water gets along with ducks. They are, apparently, very easy-going as water fowl go. But they are a deadly enemy to swans and herons, although to be fair, the herons will destroy their nests and eat the eggs of both geese and swans. The big birds are forever keep fighting for territory which is bizarre since there’s more than enough room for all of them. This valley is completely networked with rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes. You can’t go a quarter of a mile without bumping into some form of water. When they call this a “watershed,” they ain’t kidding.


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