Thursday, November 20, 2014

A great time at Easton, and Snow?!

First off, I had a fantastic time in Easton, MD, at the Waterfowl Festival this past weekend! I have more to say about that and will write about it soon, but for now I am a bit preoccupied...

With SNOW!

I live in a town south of Buffalo, NY, and while where our home sits all is well, just some miles north of us is snowmageddon! Some areas south of Buffalo are experiencing 6 feet or more of snow since Tuesday, and more is falling. This is perplexing for many reasons, but only one relates to the Duck Stamp Adventure right now... my flight to Redlands, CA is tomorrow morning. I have no idea if I can even get to the airport. The snow is a little intense...

A daunting task with 6+ feet of snow! Taken in Depew, NY. Photo courtesy of the AP/Derek Gee

Time will tell! I will try to keep my facebook updated with if we make it to California or not...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ruddy Sketches, and heading out to Easton!

Here are some practice "refined sketches" of ruddy ducks. I am going to paint these. I want to get better at painting tiny ducks, so that I can do nice remarques on prints when the time comes!

Ruddy Pencil sketches

And with that, off I go to pack for Easton, MD, for the Waterfowl Festival! If you are going, I hope to see you there!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Easton Waterfowl Festival

Good Monday to you all!

Not so good? Mondays are not always my favorite, either. I am taking my little buddy, Das the cockatiel, to the vet today. We sure hope he's okay.

I digress- I wanted to briefly write and talk about Easton, Maryland, today! Easton is where the Waterfowl Festival lives, and it is so soon! Next week, holy crow!

The Easton Waterfowl Festival

Every year, the lovely town of Easton transforms into an art, conservation, and wildlife (with a kind focus on birds) party. This is a party that you shouldn't miss, if you are within a reasonable distance to visit!

Why should you go? Well first of all...

The money raised by the festival goes on to fund habitat and wildlife projects in the area. It's a super important area especially for migrating and nesting birds. (Learn More)
The festival itself is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the celebration of life on Maryland's Eastern Shore. If you are here at my blog, I am completely certain that you care about at least one of these things: Art, wildlife, birds, ducks, or the duck stamp program. Because honestly, my blog is pretty much just about art, birds, duck stamp stuff, (and sometimes chickens...). Genuinely, though, this festival supports all of the things I love, and there is a good chance it supports the things you love too.

Are you into some excellent wildlife artists? I know I am. Many very exceptional artists will be attending and displaying! Find out more.

Where is Easton? 

Here's a map:

A link to directions from nearby locations
And a map of the festival itself

When is it?

Opening ceremonies begin on Thursday, November 13th at 4pm (I will be there), though there will be some cool events starting at 9am, such as several different art classes!
The fun runs all weekend, that is: Thrusday the 13th, Friday the 14th, Saturday the 15th, and Sunday the 16th. Things wrap up around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

What about me? 

I will indeed be there! I think I will mostly be haunting the Duck Stamp Exhibit at the high school, but I will also be saying a few words at the Opening Ceremonies, and I will be around to talk at the Premiere Night Party as well if you enjoy such things! I do hope that if you visit the festival that you will swing by and say hello, I'd love to meet you!

Here's the Easton Waterfowl Festival on Facebook
And on Twitter