I had an unexpected visit from the Partridge Family this week. Those of us of a certain age will remember a popular children's TV programme but it was actually a visit from a dozen or more little birds. They pecked and poked their way around my patio looking for seeds and other tasty morsels and then, just as soon as they arrived, they had gone. If I hadn't been walking past the window at that precise time I would never have known they had called.
They are chubby little birds and quite inquisitive. Their plumage is beautifully marked in shades of blue/grey and brown. I snapped a few photos before they left and now I have been trying to draw them. I started with water-colour pencils but I found them too abrasive for the soft linen paper of my sketch book so I reverted to my usual choice of ink pen and paint.
I'm thinking of reworking the drawing in the style of Nicola Javis as seen in the July/August issue of Embroidery magazine but that will be next weeks project.