Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Sketch Night at the Bell Museum: Duck Stamp Night

 Above: Ken Avidor started the evening with a wonderful sketch of a trumpeter swam from Francis Lee Jaques' diorama background. He also worked from specimens. Click on the image to view an enlargement. (I think that's a whale vertebra that we rested his journal on!)

On Thursday April 7, twenty people said no to the lure of warm weather (our first since the fall) and joined together to sketch birds at the Bell Museum's Sketch Night. People graciously allowed me to photograph their sketches (some are from previous evenings, though you aren't required to work on topic). I have included the artist's name and if he/she has a website I have provided a link. (You can view my sketch of a Wood Duck on Roz Wound Up.)

I hope you will be inspired by this work and come to the May 5 sketch night (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) when the topic will be Mammals. Curator of Exhibits, Don Luce will be on hand to answer questions.

(Note: After the May meeting the Bell Museum Sketch Night will go on hiatus until the fall.)

Please click on any of the images below to view an enlargement.

Don Luce (back) and Ken Avidor (front) each work on their sketches. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Jeanne Jensen from Aquatic night. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Jeanne Jensen from seed night. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Jennifer Jabelow is experimenting with her sketching skills and she takes time at the Sketch Nights to work with alternative materials such as rubberstamps, colored pencils, and specialty pens, that are available for use.

Mosaic artist Julie Reeve sketched this graphite portrait of a female mallard. You can see Julie's wonderful mosaic work at, then enter her name in the search engine.

Marsha Micek drew this graphite portrait of a Red Breasted Merganser in her Stonehenge paper journal.

Mary Jean DeRosier did this page of bugs and skeletons on insect night.

Mary Jean DeRosier worked on a front view of a female mallard on Duck Stamp Night.

Miss T sketched this woodcock on a journal page prepainted with watersoluble colored pencil.

Neal Wehrwein captured the Merganser skeleton in pen and ink.

Ruth Smith painted a watercolor and pen portrait of the Red Breasted Merganser.

Ruth Smith focused on the detail of a Merganser foot.

Suzanne Hughes created this male Wood Duck portrait with a new Sharpie drawing pen and watercolor washes.You can see her crisper scann of this portrait, and her other duck sketch from that evening, at her blog at the link provided.


  1. Great sketches - especially the coco de mer!

  2. It's great to see what everybody was working on. But...hiatus! Oh no!

  3. Ken, my favorite is still your "dead bird in a tube." You and Neal have inspired me to try a skeleton some time (after I get new glasses!). Great as always to see you!

  4. Oh, I forgot, Miss T, you'll just have to join the Shepherd's Harvest Sketch Out in May! Those animal models will be moving—it's great fun. Details are on my blog on the MCBA Visual Journal Collective, but I'll post about it here too, closer to the date.

  5. Who is the mysterious Miss T? Her blog is blank.


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