Above: Sketches of a Turken from my third trip to the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. This is a chicken (ken) bred to look like a Turkey (Tur), hence the very odd naked neck. The more you look at them the more appealing they become, in an odd way. They have a lovely body structure and a startling flame orange eye. Here are two quick sketches made as this one moved about in his crate (comb accurate on the left). 9 x 7 inches, Fabriano Artistico 300 lb. hot press watercolor paper; Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor pencils used dry.
"You wanted cows; well here you are…"
An exhausted mother gesturing to the entirety of the cow barn as she entered with her 7-year-old son. (A note on the back of one of my cards as I was walking out of the cow barn.)
So the other day, I was catching up on my scanning and finally finished scanning the 12 cards I made on my final visit to the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. I woke up that morning with what I feared was the beginning of a cold. If I was right, there’d be no way I could make my Sunday trip. I decided to skip my workout, save my energy, and see what happened. I kept in mind that this was probably my last trip this year, so I was on a bit of a mission.
It did turn out to be my last trip. As always it was an interesting one. I kept my friend Tom company while he made 3 gigapan photos of the Fairgrounds, got a lot of sketching done, and bumped into another sketcher, Marty Harris, who gave me two of his favorite pens! (Go check out his sketches!) Oh, and I got some more salt water taffy!
On this trip I captured some interesting birds, like the Turken, which I had not been able to sketch on my other two trips. And the Guinea Fowl (below) which is one of my favorite sketches from all my trips to the Fair this year.
Left: A white Guinea Fowl. They have tremendously large eyes. I had to stand for a long time next to this crate while its two occupants shuffled back and forth. Catch a little here, catch a little there. The wattles on this bird are like little scoops that flair out from the lower chin. This bird is startling in aspect. If you know the variety that has black and white fine speckled feathers then looking at this bird is like seeing a bleached version, except for the red on the wattles. And except for the fact that it all looks very silky, very high-end couture, with the wispy neck feathers standing at attention, creating a sort of veil. They look like society matrons decked out for a special holiday concert. (Same specs as the first sketch.)