'Grey crested crane', watercolours, 9 by 7 ins., paper.
Susie, admiring the colour wheel.
Susie, squeezing onto the little hall table for a snooze.
I painted the grey crested crane for watercolour practice and also to become familiar with its colourful patterns, especially the cheek patches and throat sac...in case I want to include it in future paintings.
This fairly large bird- about 3 feet tall- is the national emblem for Uganda. It inflates its red throat patch to sound out various honking and booming calls. The males and females are similar in appearance. Their courtship dance is spectacular with a lot of stretching of wings, and hopping up and down, to impress the mate.
Susie likes to poke her nose into everything...she inspects the water jars and watercolour palette when I am setting them out. In the first of her photos, she seems to be admiring the colour wheel on my wall.
In her second photo, you can see her latest sleeping perch. She likes to perch on this ridiculously small table top in the hall,,,,for a snooze at night.
We have been having sunny weather for a change. Very hot at night.
I hope you have a great weekend.
That's all for now....
Susie, curled up on the hall table.