This was my result from the other day Judi and her friends and I sketched in the Sequim valley. The ducks kept passing back and forth, giving us a sideways glance, wondering what the heck we were doing. Maybe they'd never seen a sketcher before, and I had never seen a duck with a pompadour. They were Peking and Mallard mix, and the one white one had a white puff ball of feathers on it's head (sorry, I added it after I scanned this image). Strange, alien bird! Judi had started quacking at them, and they each tilted their heads, like dogs, to listen. After awhile, when I was done with the swing, Vicki came and sat in it. I wish she'd done so earlier, as it would've been great to sketch a seated figure in the chair!
When I sat to begin sketching, I decided that no matter what I did, that ancient, twisted, writhing apple tree had to be pivotal for the scene! Judi is the silhouette under the tree.
This sketch was done with Daniel Smith watercolors in a travel palette, Staedtler black Pigment Liners, with a touch of Derwent Inktense watersoluble colored pencil details, on a watercolor Moleskine. And some sweat.