Derwent Graphite HB pencil with a dash of watercolour in a Moleskine sketchbook.

  1. Between the two seas the sea-bird’s wing makes halt,
    while with lifting head he waits
    For breath to re-inspire him from the gates
    That open still toward sunrise on the vault
    High-domed of morning.

    - Algernon Charles

Still on my quest for sketching more, here I’ve done a few quick sketches of various angles and detail of an African Snipe I spotted in St. Lucia (Zululand, South Africa) a couple of years ago.

The African Snipe, Gallinago nigripennis, also known as the Ethiopian Snipe, is a small stocky wader. It breeds in eastern and Southern Africa in wet mountain moorland and swamps at altitudes of 1700 – 4000m. When not breeding it disperses widely, including into coastal lowlands.
From Wikipedia

Some other interesting information on the Snipes : After following the birds’ migration south from Sweden to central Africa using tiny tracking devices, Swedish scientists found that the birds fly non-stop over a distance of around 4,200 miles (6,760 km) at a phenomenal 60 mph (97 kph).

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Oulik! Ons is weer op dieselfde golflengte, as die internet my toelaat, sal jy nou-nou sien hoekom ek so sê! Hou van die skadu’s op hul vlerke!

  • Dankie Liz! Ai, hoop nie jou internet gee verder probleme nie dit sal ‘n ramp wees! Ek wag met gehoue asem (I’m waiting with bated breath!)

    – Maree Clarkson

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