Pigeons, Pigeons, Pigeons (and a little bit about the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out)

September 12, 2011

See the post for full details on a bunch of things!

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

• Saturday, Sept. 10 (on the Sketch Out wrap up and Marty Harris and Suzanne Hughes),

• Sunday, Sept. 11 (on Miss T and her bunny series and one pig),

• 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!

    • Miss T
    • September 12, 2011

    Roz, I just love that pigeon!

    • Arika
    • September 12, 2011

    Oooooh…I can see why you were drawn (pun intended!) to that fella. So excited to see the fair sketches are on the way!

    • LizzieBo
    • September 12, 2011

    I learned this today about combining enthusiasms. You can sketch a uke, but probably not uke while sketching. Similarly, I can sketch a kayak, but sketching while kayaking is a stretch. Actually the sketching was ok, but the watercoloring must be improved. I drifted into the reeds before I could get my paints put safely up. But well worth the try. Just need to refine the system. THanks for the pigeon – what a lovely guy. I don’t see why you couldn’t be a judge. You have definitely observed your share of pigeons in detail. Wonder what they score them on. Hmmm.. Well, hoping to see some more sketches soon.

  1. Reply

    LizzieBo, very intrepid to sketch from a kayak! Good luck refining that system!

    I don’t know what all pigeons are scored on but if it’s like the other animals they look for breeding capabilities (e.g., cows with udders that can both feed a calf and produce mass quantities of milk for commercial ventures; shoulders and such on other animals, and so it goes). Of course with birds there is always the problem of when they might start to shed feathers!

    I’ll have to look up the guidelines sometime.

    Stay dry!

    • LizzieBo
    • September 13, 2011

    I had to check. Here’s a link for a pigeon score card at the kansas state fair Plus they have pigeon facts. Thanks for the inspiration. Now I know a little more about pigeons.

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