Gull Sketch

Centennial Park Gull sketch

Last week I made a visit to a local retention pond, turned park and made a quick sketch. Centennial Park has a paved walking trail and a pier. The pier had several gulls and even though they are not my favorite birds (I call them parking lot rats or flying rats), I painted them anyway. 

I started on the right side of the sketchbook and made a pencil sketch before painting. On the left side I decided to paint without a pencil sketch. Sometimes that can be scary because you don’t know how things should look before you start, but that can also be a good thing because sketches tend to be more loose when not penciled down. 

up close gull sketch

Here is my little rat with wings. I kind of like him. I like him much better at Centennial Park than in the parking lot of Jewel. 😉


  1. I hear you on seagulls not being your favorite. I was in that boat at one point, but have found some way to appreciate them. Their lazy gliding is kind of pretty. Beautiful sketch.

  2. I used to not like gulls but since I decided to study them, I really like them. They are beautiful and a real challenge to identify.

  3. Lana: Nice lazy gliding feature you mention, I can picture it in my head and also kind of like that 🙂 Thanks!

    Northern Birder: Oh I can imagin it be challanging to identify! There are so many that look the same! You have a good point.

    Joan: Thanks so much! He was having fun and so was I 😉

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