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5/15/2013

cheetah

glancing over shoulder
I guess it's a pose I like- see the last posted cheetah sketch!

5/14/2013

African wildcat

head perhaps a bit too small?

5/08/2013

fanciful bird

sketched off an embroidery hanging

5/06/2013

stylized lizard

Sketch of a metal lizard sculpture that was on someone's wall.

5/05/2013

gila monster

Sketched from a specimen on display at the visitor center for the national park.

5/03/2013

flutter

a moth
and two butterflies
sketched from life
this last Tiger Swallowtail not as good a drawing- the swallowtails kept fluttering around a puddle and not a single one held still!

5/01/2013

wildflowers

I sketched some wildflowers while on a hike in the AZ desert. I was able to identify a few of them using a simple field guide we had.

Mexican goldpoppy- four yellow petals and a bold golden-orange throat.
Scarlet globemallow- a more dusky rose-orange with five petals and a dark stamen.
This white one had petals with squarish, notched ends.
This yellow aster-like flower had blue-green leaves the color of sage.
My favorites were these vivid pink flowers, which I wasn't able to identify. They grew alongside the creekbed. The ones with five round petals were light pink, the more common hot pink flowers had four petals (a detail I only noticed because I focused close to make the sketch accurate).
There was another very similar one, with the thin alternating leaves down on the stem below the flowers, that had four longer, pointy-ended petals on it. It was a bright blue-violet color.