Since the prospect of too much wind postponed our Kansas upland hunt, Tom and I were on board to help our lease members install our two goose pits last Sunday. We arrived out in northeastern Colorado with his father-in-law Dick for an early shoot from our creek blind. It turned out to be a morning of few opportunities. We picked up the decoys, a mallard and a green-winged teal in time to join our crew to assemble the blinds before the backhoe and truck arrived. With the blinds dug in and everyone else heading home, Tom, Dick, and I decided to give the pond a try for the last two hours of the day. Before Tom could get back from hiding the truck, Iris had already retrieved four ducks from two flocks. It just continued from there—ducks decoying without hesitation in the late afternoon sun. By the time the action ended about twenty minutes before sunset, Iris had delivered nine gadwalls and two drake mallards. What an unexpectedly satisfying hunt.
In no particular order, except for the first on the list, these are books that are related to my own art that I have especially enjoyed and that have greatly inspired me. My illustrator uncle and role model Eldridge King gave me the Gene Byrne book when I was just a kid. It had more to do with my becoming an artist than any other single book.
A Complete Guide to Drawing, Illustrating, Cartooning & Painting, Gene Byrne
Winslow Homer books (There are several.)
The Art of Ogden M. Pleissner, Peter Bergh
Sporting Art of Frank W. Benson, Faith Andrews Bedford
The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley, Stephen O’Brien, Jr.
Francis Lee Jaques-Artist of the Wilderness World, Florence Page Jaques
The Animal Art of Bob Kuhn, Bob Kuhn
Ala Prima, Richard Schmid
Starting with Watercolor, Rowland Hilder
Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, John F. Carlson
Animal Painting and Anatomy, W. Frank Calderon
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards
An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists, Ellenberger, Baum, Dittrich (revised edition)
The Practice & Science of Drawing, Harold Speed
Oil Painting Techniques & Materials, Harold Speed
A Picture Gallery, Tom Lea