Ok this is kind of funny. I went out to my car to get my bag-o-paints and supplies to do a painting this afternoon. Rats! Forgot my car’s being fixed up today and is in the shop. So I found the tray of paints (only blues and reds) I keep in the house, and the absolute wrong brush. So I did it anyways, partly as a comfort against the sticker shock of the car costs (well, she does have 120K on her).
I’m a volunteer at GGRO, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. We track the autumn hawk migrations in the Marin Headlands, and we caught and banded this darling little sharp-shinned hawk last week. They always have this wonderful surprised look. The banding process, along with data collection (weight, tail length etc) all add to the body of knowledge that helps scientists gauge the health of these populations. It is a great privilege, being a citizen scientist and getting to be close to these wild birds of prey. They are released unharmed.
7″ x 10″ watercolor, pen on paper = $90