"Nature goes about her quiet business and brings us greatest pleasure.”
Hiding in Plain Sight (c)2017 13.5x5.75
Bob Scratchit is my latest colored pencil drawing I created for an upcoming western show.
The photograph I worked from is credited to Corina Roberts, a wonderful photographer that lives higher up in the mountain from my small home. She had posted a few photos on Facebook shortly after my own encounter with a bobcat.
On our way up the hiking trail that day my dog Josie excitedly ran over to a tall knotty pine tree. I just assumed she was chasing a squirrel up the tree, but to my utter astonishment it was a bobcat not a squirrel in that tree! The first bobcat I had ever seen in the wild!! Josie and I hung there...about 4 feet away for at least 10 minutes or more watching and chatting with him. He just laid there, as he is in my drawing until some other people jabbering obliviously away scared him off his comfy branch. Unfortunately I had left my camera at home that day so I only had my memory of the encounter to remind me of that amazing experience until I saw Corina's photograph, which she so kindly gave me permission to use.
The entire time I was drawing Bob I felt like I was reliving that unforgettable 10 minutes with my sweet pup!!
The pine tree where Josie and I encountered the bobcat.
My beautiful dog Josie farther up the hiking trail
The hiking trail in Angeles Crest National forest
Bob's progress collage, drawn in Polychromos, Pablos and Luminance colored pencils on Stonehenge paper.
I did not get a full stamp of approval from Dakota this time!!