A beginning of sorts.

If you are scrolling through here, you will notice that my style is usually cartoony and simplistic.

I would like to say it is by design, and in the sense that I didn’t work to develop it otherwise is true… but in reality it is just how I see things and what my hand gives me when I try to share my thoughts with drawing.

Proof that it is not a developed skill rests in one of the ironies of my simple style.

While I love Ukiyo-E and the single brush stroke pen and ink drawings of the masters of Nippon… I have not developed the skill to replicate them. AND IT IS ENDLESSLY FRUSTRATING TO ME.

That said, lacking skill never stops and homage from me, and the one I am posting today. A simple crane against a red setting sun next to a stand of bamboo.

Crane
Crane

I post it with apologies to the masters who have done this theme so much better, but also with thanks and appreciation for showing me beauty and elegance, even if replicating it is beyond my skills.

Murder Hawk

As I began my walk through at work today, I noticed more feathers than normal.

feathers on ground
Feathers on Ground

I thought, “Man those look like one of the pigeons got hit or something.”

pigeon feathers on ground
Pigeon Feathers on Ground

“Or looking at the blood, maybe a hawk got them.”

Blood drops and feathers
Blood drops and feathers

As I turn to the right I wonder, “Is it still hanging out?”

Red Tailed Hawk looking away
Red Tailed Hawk looking away

As the Hawk turns to announce that yes, she is.

Red Tailed Hawk profile
Red Tailed Hawk

I see those feathers, and OH! I may have missed the Hawk committing the murder, but I did find some incriminating evidence. Once again an animal looks at me like, “ARE YOU REALLY TAKING MY PIC WHILE I AM EATING?”

Red Tailed Hawk standing over its Breakfast Squab
Red Tailed Hawk standing over its Breakfast Squab

And while I was getting the last shot to confirm species… that Murder Hawk shook its tail feathers some.

Red Tailed Hawk Tail feather view
Red Tailed Hawk Tail feather view