We have a pet wild bunny who escaped a run-in with a fox or some other predator. We’ve been leaving carrots and lettuce out for him daily, and he’s slowly learning to trust us, and plumping up nicely. The reference image for this pencil sketch came from Brianna at Gold Hearts Blog; thank you, Brianna! This was done in Faber-Castell 2B graphite pencil in my 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Canson Universal sketch pad (which, IMO is the best bargain in sketchbooks out there for pencil and pen work at under $5 for 200 pages/100 sheets, and it even takes a light watercolor wash) (affiliate links):
Our cameras aren’t super high-tech, but I may be able to share a photo if one of us gets close enough to snap one. Ours is a precious Eastern Cottontail rabbit. So I’ve become a bit obsessed with rabbits lately, and hope to improve on them in the next couple of months. Speaking of furry critters, I really need to give a shout out to Rebecca Evans at Rebecca Evans Create.com here on WP. This link is to her Hares page, and she is a magnificent artist, rendering mostly animals and birds, but other subjects too, in all mediums: oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, acrylics, mixed media, collage, 3-D art; you name it. You owe it to yourself to check out her site. Her horses are spectacular too, but honestly, everything she does is incredible. If I were ever to render an animal, any animal, the way she can, I would consider myself “arrived”.
I’ve decided to take a break from news headlines,
particularly those about small men embarrassing my country on an all-too-regular basis, take a step back, and set my mind on things that are above, and that will fill up my peace tank, like God, nature, birds, bunnies, sunsets, flowers, trees, and beauty, wherever it lies. So, not a break from art, but a break from pretty much everything else. I need to really clear some space for prayer, yoga and meditation, things that will relax me and bring me to a healthy and more balanced place. You may see me here and you may not, but hopefully I’ll have a post for Draw A Bird Day on Monday, the 8th! I’ll be doing a roundup post, as well, with links to everyone’s bird art about a week or so after the event.
I hope everyone has a peaceful and restful weekend. Go make the world beautiful, people! Please. We need you. 🙂