Robin on nest

I was trying to think of something to draw. I looked back through my art from a year ago, and I seemed to churn out my most artistic works when I was asking myself, “What have I never tried to draw before?”

A waterfall came to mind. I’ve never successfully drawn or painted one. Google image search is, shall I say, “awash” in waterfalls.

But a waterfall by itself isn’t much of a subject. And that one Streams in the Desert came to mind:

Two painters were once asked to paint a picture illustrating his own idea of rest. The first chose for his scene a quiet, lonely lake, nestled among mountains far away. The second, using swift, broad strokes on his canvas, painted a thundering waterfall. Beneath the falls grew a fragile birch tree, bending over the foam. On its branches, nearly wet with the spray from the falls, sat a robin on its nest.

The first painting was simply a picture of stagnation and inactivity. The second, however, depicted rest.

And I wanted to try my hand at that second painting.

Here’s as far as I made it tonight. It all needs work, of course, but for now I’m just establishing values. I’m hung up between doing a waterfall with the water still in chunks …

…or one with the water all blurred into a curtain.

Either way, it still needs work, and work I shall. I really prefer painting from reference whenever I can. Leaves room for artistic interpretation, you know?

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