Bighorn Sheep

Looking into the facts of the Bighorn Sheep I was really surprised at how long the rams have a head to head combat fight. In the fall the males compete for the ewes (females) by having butting contests. They charge at each other crashing their forehead and horns together with a loud crack that can…

A Red Fox

I did a little reading about Foxes and the good news is the father participates in raising up the pups. Is hard enough being a mother so any extra help certainly helps. Foxes have between 2 to 7 pups at a time. Not sure what time of year they give birth. They eat birds, rabbits,…

Two Wolves

Why Wolves you ask? I know, they are pretty vicious however; they are also very skilled hunters that have beautiful coats. In the spring time wolves can have up to 4 to 6 pups at a time. As far as diet is concerned they eat deer, elk, moose, caribou and bison. When it comes to…

A Handful Of Bears

Since the change in the weather I decided to work on 3 different kinds of bears. Being fond of  Panda Bears I created this Red Panda eating a bamboo leaf. The leaves on the bamboo branch took 3 to 4 layers of leaf green to get a nice rich green as did the pandas face…

A Handful Of Fish

I’ve done some research on Koi fish over the last several days and went on a fish sketching kick. Here’s a little bit about Koi fish. They are very intellectual and can be trained to eat out of your hand. Here is a colored pencil sketch of two Koi fish facing in opposite directions. The…

Hummingbirds In Color

After doing some reading on Hummingbirds I was really amazed at what these tiny little birds can do. I found that Hummingbirds wings beat in different ranges from 720 to 5400 times per minute and they are the only birds that can fly backwards. They lay only 2 eggs and the male hummingbird is not…

Ulternative Reality

Ever wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? If you answered yes to that you are not alone. The other night I could not get back to sleep and good energy and inspiration kicked in so I got up and starting working on this colorful sketch. I started…

Two Birds

I listenened attentively this morning to see if I would hear any birds outside of my studio window. Sure enough about 7 a.m. I heard the sound of a robin in the tree outside of my window. It’s really nice to hear the birds sing in the morning before the rush to work. Here I…

A Lionfish In Colored Pencil

After watching another artist create a Lionfish in watercolor I was inspired to create a Lionfish of my own. This 14 x 17 colored pencil picture was done with the polychromos Faber Castell brand pencils. Here’s a close up of the Lionfish’s face and eye. In most of the pictures I studied of these types…

A Macaw In Colored Pencil

After looking a handful of these birds online I was inspired to draw one of them. These beautiful birds are approxamately 40 inches tall and the need a consistent supply of toys to be occupied with. They eat seeds, nuts, fruit, leaves, flowers and stems. Some eat clay that are near river banks. For more…

Birch Trees Abstract in Oil

It’s been terribly cold lately (16 or below) so I put my focus on fall like weather to try to take my mind off of it. I’m sure many of us will not miss the winter once it’s on it’s way out. Birch trees are a nice unblemished white trimmed in dark brown and black…

Evergreens in Oil

I’ve been fascinated with the trees that live in the deep forest so I composed these Evergreens in Oil. Before I was able to paint the forest and the Evergreens I made a dark background on the canvas using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. Later I used titanium white for an additional touch to the…