It seems fitting, since I received an illustrated letter today from an elf in England with a dinosaur on the envelope (see previous post), that I should sketch a dinosaur for my one sketch a day.  I choose one of the plastic replicas in my office to make this quick study. Image

It has been a few days since updating where my sketch a day book is at so to catch you up to speed, yesterday I drew Stella the jaguar at the Milwaukee County Zoo. She was attentive to visitors, giving a protective stare, as her two kittens played around her.  The day before is what I call “A Strange Little Walrus Mexican Sculpture,” which I found at a thrift store. It reminds me more of a whimsical Moomintroll.

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February 16 and 17 are quick, quick end of the day moments – Annie at the foot of the bed focusing on a sound outside, and a study of a Bristlecone pine from a photo, which looks more figurative, like a dancing lady on her side. I have to admit with both I was very sleepy.  It is probably not best to save this activity for the end of the day.

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February 12 to the 15 is a combination of the inanimate with the animate. February 12 and 14 are chairs…obviously.  🙂  The purple is a value reversal study – what was dark become light, what was light became dark – so it appeared that the chair was lit from below versus above. This was an assignment that I gave to my drawing students.  I thought it was a challenging and stimulating exercise but I believe they found it positively painful.  Their drawings turned out quite striking despite their opposition.    On February 14 I returned to drawing the chair with the lighting as observed.  The owl that came about on February 13 is a sweet little Acoma sculpture with a inquisitive looking nature, who sits on my dresser. And for February 15 I was at an art opening at an environmental center. I had talked to fellow artists and completely viewed the exhibit so I decided to take a moment to go to the lower level and sketch from the aquarium. I selected a lake perch who appeared to have a pimple like growth on the outside of his gill.

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More Annie on the bed moments….February 10 and 11.

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And the last one to catch up on, February 9, is my cat Bindy, who still has the endearing looks of a newborn kitten, even though she is going on two years old.  It seems a fitting image to end the evening blogging  – this teacher and artist is sleepy.

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