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David Sibley - Sketching and Painting Impressions

“It’s how I study the birds”

David Sibley’s paintings connect millions of people with the lives of birds. His talent in observing and portraying birds culminated in The Sibley Guide to Birds, now in its second edition. Sibley describes how he learned to sketch and illustrate birds such as this Townsend’s Warbler: “I spent years in the field, just traveling and birding and sketching,” he says. “ . . . The drawing was so important to me, that there was never any question in my mind of continuing to paint the birds. It’s how I study the birds.”

Watch David Sibley sketch this Townsend's Warbler in the BirdNote studio >>

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BirdNote®

Sketching and Painting the Impression of Many Experiences

With David Sibley

Interview and script by Chris Peterson

This is BirdNote! 

[Song of House Finch]

David Sibley’s paintings connect millions of people with the lives of birds. His delight and skill in observing and portraying birds culminated in The Sibley Guide to Birds, now in its second edition. [Song of Canyon Wren]

“I spent years in the field, just traveling and birding and sketching. Just doing pencil sketches – getting to know the birds – learning the shapes and the postures and the general patterns. [Cooing of Morning Dove]

The drawing was so important to me, that there was never any question in my mind of continuing on to paint the birds. It’s how I study the birds. 

[Drumming of American Three-toed Woodpecker]

And when I go into the studio to paint, I have my sketches, I gather together all the photographs I can find, I’ve already visited museums and looked at specimens and taken notes on those…but what I try to put into the painting is sort of a synthesis of all of the things that I’ve seen, all the things that I’ve learned. It’s the impression of many experiences.” [Song of Townsend’s Warbler]

You can watch a video of David Sibley sketching a Townsend’s Warbler at birdnote.org. That’s b-i-r-d-n-o-t-e — all one word — dot org. 

 [Call of Black-capped Chickadee]

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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song of the House Finch [ML 105669] and song of Canyon Wren [120251] recorded by G.A. Keller; cooing of Morning Dove [22930] by W.R. Fish; drumming of American Three-toed Woodpecker [63077] by D.S. Herr¬¬¬¬; call of Black-capped Chickadee [49751] by R.S. Little; ambient drawn from [12051] Canyon Wren; song of Townsend’s Warbler [47707] recorded by D.S. Herr.  

BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org  July 2014  Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#   sibleyd-01-2014-07-15 sibleyd-01       JK Studio Tracks 17:57, 14:12, 18:95

 http://www.sibleyguides.com/2014/01/the-second-edition-is-in-hand/

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