A handful of serious, but fun-loving, young artists meet in my home/studio every Friday afternoon. We start with a warm-up exercise and then get down to work on a project inspired by a Master Artist. Current artist: Albrecht Durer, the greatest Renaissance artist of northern Europe. His animals—drawings, paintings, etchings, woodcuts, etc.—comprise a pictorial zoo.
Right now we’re studying Birds, rendering them in different medium, starting with sketchings and colored pencils. After drawing these backyard birds from calendar photos, we used wallpaper scraps to position the birds on branches on a background color similar to the one in the photo.