Thursday, 5 September 2013

Red-tailed Hawk

This is a pencil drawing of a Red-tailed Hawk taking on a rattlesnake; still in progress.

Painting in progress: Pale Male the Red-tailed Hawk

A scan from an HP scanner, so quite a bit grainy to my chagrin; Pale Male, the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) of Central Park fame. Will work on it some more, thinking of keeping the background sedate and the tree mainly grey.

Kestrel drawing

Above is a Kestrel, Falco sparverius, work in progress, pencil on paper.  It is one of the works for the upcoming Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of the City of New York.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Philby's Partridge and Arabian Cobra

This is a Philby's Partridge (Alectoris philbyi) in a confrontation with an Arabian Cobra (Naja arabica). The bird is of a restricted range in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and there is a need for conservation efforts. Rabbi Chaim Loike of the Orthodox Union in New York is working on preserving the species, for which he has found a Mesorah, that is, a written record of its kosher status. I will be working more on this species this year, and also on a type of kosher white Mallard which Rabbi Loike keeps in his aviary, along with the partridges. Earlier this year he held a paint-and-tell session at the Orthodox Union where I met his duck and he gave me some of her eggs, with which I will paint it in tempera grassa, that is, egg yolk and hemp oil. 

Pale Male drawing

A drawing of Pale Male for the upcoming book Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the City of New York.

Bald Eagle drawing

Bald Eagle drawing for the upcoming book Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the City of New York.