If you attended the Wildlife Weekend at the Wolf Creek Mill outside of Loudonville, Ohio, you may have see a funny-looking fellow, with a beard, wearing a cowboy hat, and shivering uncontrollably because of the cool temperatures.
That was me, and this is the painting that I was doing during the weekend.
When I was in my mid-thirties, I had some acreage in the backcountry of Carroll County Ohio. The Grouse were plentiful in that area, and one Spring, when I was out planting a few of the 15000 pine trees that I set out over a three or four year period, one of these fellows was “Drumming.”
If you’ve ever heard one of these birds “doing their thing”, you will know that the bird will start with loud “Wump!” produced by a combination of his wings, tail, and a hollow log. He will follow that first “Wump” with a series of “Wumps”, all equally loud, and increasing in frequency until they all blend together into a roar. The whole process lasts for about 7 to 10 seconds.
It’s a neat thing to hear, but on this particular day, the grouse I was listening to was repeating the Drumming every minute or two, and the sound was resonating with my chest cavity to the point that I thought that my heart was going into fibrillation.
I was out there by myself, and I figured that I had enough of planting trees for that day.
At any rate. This painting is on an 8 X 10 canvas board, and has a ways to go before completion.