There's a place for art

Almost Live Animal Friday – Prairie Dog

Almost Live Prairie Dog


As today is Friday the 13th, it seems natural for today’s post to be a black cat, but (a) I don’t have a personal photo of a black cat, and (b) I wanted to do a prairie dog last week before hearing about the frogs hiding in wind chimes. I believe this fellow was eating when I took its photo.


Almost Live Animal Friday – Frog

Almost Live Frog


I was inspired to do a frog this week after the recent news story about a man finding a family of tree frogs hiding in his wind chimes to escape Hurricane Dorian.

Almost Live Animal Friday – Goose

Almost Live Goose


That awkward moment between a cute fluffy gosling and a hissing, fully-grown goose. This particular goose was on a river bank, only separated from me by a fence, and was the closest I have come to a wild goose. Thankfully, this fellow had its head and neck down and didn’t notice me.

Almost Live Animal Friday – Eagle

Almost Live Eagle


Originally, the head outline was yellow, but that did not match well with the brown body outline.

Almost Live Animal Friday – Turtle

Almost Live Turtle


Unlike my previous two drawings in the series, I was very satisfied with my first attempt here, only making minor tweaks before declaring it ready to post. I believe the turtle was a midland painted turtle.

Almost Live Animal Friday – Deer

Almost Live Deer


Based on a photo I took at a park in Ohio a few years ago, where I came surprisingly close to the deer. This was my third attempt, with the first looking more like a fox with long legs than a deer.

Almost Live Animal Friday – Seal

Almost Live Seal



Meant to replicate the style of live caricature, though the photo I used was one I took of a seal at a zoo several years ago. It took multiple attempts before I drew something I was satisfied with, with the fin and (especially) the tail being difficult to get somewhat accurate.

Throwback Thursday – Seals Coming To Shore


Watercolor (most likely).

Something I found in a box in my parents’ house over Memorial Day weekend. Despite it having only been from about three years ago, I had literally no recollection of painting these cuties.

T. Rex with Boombox

T. Rex with Boombox

Based off a manual drawing I did a while back for an old Illustration Friday prompt, possibly “old” or “tape”, only to revisit now after dreaming about the National Museum of Natural History. The dinosaur is probably listening to a young upstart band called the Rolling Stones.

Bear Says Hello

Bear Says Hello


Technology issues have kept me away for a while, but hopefully I’ll stick around this time.