Thursday, June 23, 2016

Neighborhood Watch

I started this drawing of the Three Cheetah Brothers exactly 3 years ago, but for some reason I didn't continue working on it after the initial lay out. I thought perhaps I had a commission and then never got back to it, but maybe it was just meant to come to fruition 3 years later!!
 We saw these fine fellows resting under a young acacia tree in Lewa Downs Conservancy, our second camp in Kenya. It was a beautiful day but the nights were very cold in early August.
This "coalition", we were told was very unusual as male cheetahs are territorial, but they obviously got along just fine. We only saw single cheetahs after that throughout the conservancy.
The Cheetah has nearly 2000 solid black spots on him! That's a lot of spots to draw!!!
So happy now that I finally finished drawing Daryl, Larry and Larry as they were so much fun to work on. They are now entered in the Pencil Art Society, 2016 International Open Juried Exhibition...wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The soul of a horse

"To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection."
~ Author Unknown~


In my quest to photograph western theme subject matter for an upcoming exhibition I found myself on Memorial Day at Tom Sawyers where my daughter works taking care of their beautiful horses! I have to admit that I've always liked horses but they were a bit intimidating to me. But after taking photographs and helping water them I developed a much deeper connection with them...in fact I even feel in love with many of them!! Cornbread, the cream colored one in particular was soo sweet!! Yes, there is now a horse in my future!!
In plenty there as well, were ground squirrels, rabbits and birds all pillaging the horses tender alfalfa hay! I enjoyed photographing their thievery and antics as well!!
An amazing morning spent in the company of such majestic creatures...hope I can create a drawing of equal beauty!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Listen to the whispers of Nature.

 Hear the wisdom of the trees. Allow your soul to sing.

~Lazaris~

For the last few months I've been on the hunt for ducks (with cool reflections) in the LA area. I want to create a colored pencil drawing for the Pencil Art Societies International exhibition in August. You would think it would be an easy thing to do, but as it turns out, not so much!! Through a friend who runs tho, I found the Arroyo in Pasadena, CA. It wasn't a large area and to be honest it was pretty much strewn with litter...ugh, thanks Californians. But I hit the jackpot and found two different types of  mallard ducks with babies! To my recollection, I have never seen a female mallard with a blue stripe before. I scoured the internet, searching for answers, but could not find any, so I have an email in to "AskaNaturalist.com"...hopefully I'll get my answer soon! 

I have some good photo references to choose from, so the hunt is over, but stay tuned as I hope to start it at the beginning of June. I have a bear to get to first!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Close to nature


“We have a calling: a need to be close to Nature, where she may cleanse our souls and wash away the stresses of yesterday. It is emotional recompense for the cost of living.” 





Monday, February 22, 2016

Soulful Sunday

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week!


~Joseph Addison~



**Cross Town trail in La Canada. "...and begin a merciless ascent along the ridge.  You do get some great views for your efforts, but there’s no doubt that this stretch – which climbs about 700 feet in 0.6 miles – is not for the faint of heart." To get to the teepee: "At another 1.5 miles straight up, you enter a meadow, where you get great views of Strawberry Peak, Mt. Disappointment and San Gabriel Peak, rounding a bend, you see the teepee."

Friday, February 19, 2016

"Hope" is the thing with feathers



“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

~Emily Dickinson~



*photographs from my trip to Wisconsin in 2014
*For Lease  (c)2016  7.5x9  $620.00
* Hummingbird in progress


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spots on my drawing board

Larry, my newest colored pencil drawing is inspired by my time in Samburu, Kenya. 


Our guide spotted (!) this handsome leopard in an acacia tree brimming with richly colored birds.

Leopards tend to while away the hours up in trees. Their stunning spotted coat camouflages them, making them blend in with the leaves of the tree. 


We sat tight with this leopard for at least an hour until he dropped out of his perch. We were then scrambling, along with a dozen other tourist vehicles for the best place to watch him.


Leopards are ambush predators, so they crouch low to sneak up to their prey and pounce before it has a chance to react.


Leopards are solitary creatures that only spend time with others when they are mating or raising young.

Pretty soon he ambled out of view into a dense part of the woods, we took off then to find a smattering of elephants down the road!


Observation Post, Kathryn Hansen  7x10  (c)2016  $800.00



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