Sadly this Swallow got trapped in a barn last Autumn and couldn't make the journey to it's winter home. Desiccated as he was in reality, I chose to paint him at peace and who knows, perhaps he's already flying in another life.
Such iridescence in that blue - truly extraordinary..!
paint before a touch of ink.
Many thanks to Judith for bringing him round for me to sketch, see her wonderful lino-cut prints here
...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.