Nature is busy year round, even in the frozen months of winter. My practice as an artist involves being out in nature, observing, communing with and recording the life all around me. Winter provides an excellent time to catch a glimpse of animals that during other seasons of the year are hidden away under the cover of thick undergrowth and leafy canopies. All the animals in this sketchbook record animals found in Connecticut during the winter. The book ends with the return of the ospreys in late March which more than any other sign, announce the end of winter and the return of spring. Some of my renditions of animals are playful and more whimsical, others more naturalistic. I've personally encounter all of the animals in this sketchbook with the exception of the bobcats, black bear and snowy owl, all of which I hope to see in coming winters. My usual sketching style uses fountain pen, brush pen and watercolors, none of which were particularly suitable for the paper in the sketch provided for this project. That challenge caused me to explore various media and mixes of media. By the middle of the book I think I found my happy place using Caran d'Ache Museum pencils, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens. Other places in the book you'll find acrylic paint, gouache, and various other markers used. I would encourage you to spend some time in nature and record in little drawings and field notes what wonderful and amazing things you find.
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