On my way to collect fresh eggs I found pieces of a chicken on the driveway. In the middle of bones, flesh and feathers, I found the skull of a turkey vulture. I think it odd that no other parts of the vulture were in sight. Naturally, along with two dozen fresh eggs, I brought home the skull.
Playing the Color Scheme Game, I threw Complementary Colors of Yellow and Violet. I used neutrals for the bones. I am fascinated by the inside of the skull. It is similar to a turtle shell, a bridgework of bone looking like a spinal network fused against the inside of the uppermost portion of the skull. I wonder what happened to this vulture, where the rest of it ended up, and why it was lying, cleaned of all flesh and brains, in the midst of a freshly killed chicken.
Sketchbook Drawing: Turkey Vulture Skull seen from two viewpoints. Drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Whaleman’s sepia, followed by watercolor.
Color Scheme: Complementary Colors
Dominant Color: Yellow