A mandarin duck

From a blog post

https://creamcrackerednature.blogspot.com/2019/02/stunned-by-stunning-mandarin-duck.html

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The original

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First pass…

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The first time I’ve used biro for ages.

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Kirby Hall selection

Kirby Hall was built in the hope of receiving Queen Elizabeth I on her annual ‘progresses’ around the country. it was begun in 1570 by Sir Humphrey Stafford, and completed by Sir Christopher Hatton. It is now in the care of English Heritage.

It’s very near to where we live, and as we’ve joined EH we can visit for the odd hour or so whenever we wish.

 

From June:

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and one from August:IMG_0686

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Fox in a museum

After a couple of months of doing very little in the drawing line, I went to a sketching day in Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, and did seven sketches.

Here’s one of the drawings, with a photo and a poem!

Now, fox – when did you die?
Hands removed your skin
and treated it
constructed a skeleton frame
inserted glass eyes
arranged your expression
almost lifelike
almost curious and cunning
fitted your legs like socks
on artificial limbs
and posed you on a plinth.

 

Today we’ve drawn you,
lots of us
attracted to the idea of fox
and dead animals don’t move
but do have three dimensions
unlike photographs.

 

We give you some new life
you look cute
or fierce
or inquisitive

Are you plotting some mischief
on chicken coop or rabbit hutch?

 

With our looking,
drawing
each of us made
some kind of memorial
or mnemonic
of a fox.

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