Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Roadkill Dinner

The other day the girls were driving back from town. They had taken the “back way” along a series of country roads that wind through woods and between farms, and when they were about halfway home they saw the car in front of them strike a wild turkey. The bird was just clipped, not run over, but its neck snapped as it fell, killing it instantly.

One thing just sorta lead to another.

It was a beautiful bird. A female, probably a yearling. (my sketch above does not do it justice at all). Anna brought it home to show Angelica, who had stayed home with me, and they were thinking of using some of the wing feathers for quills. But I mean come on! How often does a whole turkey fall into your lap? So yeah ...roadkill dinner.

Dressing it was no different than a big chicken, and the meat was beautiful. Anna cooked it the same way Carla, our neighbor in Italy, would cook fagiano -the pheasants her brother would bring home from hunting. Slow cooked all day in a wine sauce and served with pureed potatoes.

It was pretty great.

18 comments:

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Talk about providence! Cool sketch.

Hey do you mind sharing what watercolor paper (brand) you use for your book illustrations? I have a bad feeling you've said before but I've forgotten.

Ben Hatke said...

Oh sure! I have strong opinions about watercolor paper.

I almost always use Arches 140lb hot press. I get it in the big 24 inch sheets and cut it down myself to the sizes I want to work with. It's great paper.

I've used it in block form too, which is nice for painting on but it still buckles a little.

Usually when I'm doing illustrations I'm not worried about the paper buckling, so I don't even tape it down. Stuff like the robot comics never buckle. (I just switched to doing those on arches rather than in just doing them all in my sketchbook). The layers are so light the 140lb stays nice and flat.

I use a variety of middle to low-high-end paints. All tubes. And a small variety of mostly round brushed

I mix my paints in dishes I steal from the kitchen.

Internet Peasant said...

Dead bird, dead bird

Lying there, so absurd.

Oh how I love thee

Dead bird.

Ben Hatke said...

I was thinking the same thing.

Matt said...

How are the quills working?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Ah, thanks for the paper tip. For years I've used a Strathmore paper that had a heavy texture that was hard to work with. I mean I like texture just as much as the next guy but too much is not cool (no cold press pun intended).

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