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Above: Page spread from my 2011 Minnesota State Fair Journal. This spread shows a fancy pigeon with curly feathers everywhere (including the legs and feet which you can't see because he was sitting on them). The journal is about 6 x 8 inches and made with a defunct paper that while it's for drawing I love to paint on it. Staedtler Pigment Liner and Daniel Smith watercolors.
The above sketch is from my 2011 Minnesota State Fair Journal. It's the only page spread I've had time to scan so far. I had hoped to provide you all with a wrap up of my experience this year's Fair today, but that's not going to happen. Instead you have one of my favorite sketches from the Fair this year in general, and probably my favorite sketch on sketch out day.
And yes, the feathers on this guy were all frilly and curly. My light watercolor strokes don't even begin to address the wildness of his couture.
But wait, there's more—My friend Karen G. sent me a link to a wonderful pigeon photography project. She doesn't even like pigeons, but she enjoyed these pigeon photos by Andrew Garn in the New York Times. Check out the slide show.
Then, if you are in the mood for more State Fair Sketches, jump over to Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities and see my posts from
• and today, Monday, Sept. 12 (after 5 a.m. CDT; on Judith Lang Main and her Fair panoramas; no link because it hasn't posted at the time I'm posting this.)
There I've written about intrepid Minnesota State Fair Sketchers who have been much more timely in scanning their Fair work! Go and check it out. It will inspire you to look around in your daily environment as well as any unusual situations you might find yourself in.
In the meantime I'll get back to scanning!