Nova Scotia Bobcat

January 24, 2010

Nova Scotia Bobcat

The colored pencil drawing of a Bobcat begun earlier this week is finally complete.  Earlier stages of the image can be found at

Nova Scotia supposedly has the largest population of bobcats in North America.  They are Canada’s most common wildcat and keep the populations of small rodents and mammals such as Snowshoe Hares in check.  For photos of bobcat tracks, see my nature journal post  Bobcats in the Backyard.

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January 22, 2010

Here are different stages of one drawing of a Bobcat made with colored pencils. The first stage, shown above, was done on January 20th, and only reveals the Bobcat’s eyes.

The second stage, done on January 21st, shows more facial features.

The final drawing, completed January 24th, can be viewed at Nova Scotia Bobcat.

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What is Essential

October 12, 2009


“What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince.

“You must be very patient,” replied the fox.

“First you will sit down at a little distance from me – like that – in the grass.  I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing.  Words are the source of misunderstandings.  But you will sit a little closer to me, every day…”

. . .

So the little prince tamed the fox.  And when the hour of his departure drew near —

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you…”

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox, “because of the color of the wheat fields.”

. . .

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupery

Green Sea Turtle

May 4, 2009

Sea Turtle off Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Sea turtles are quiet, elusive creatures, still mysterious to humans after many years of study.  They are threatened worldwide due to hunting, pollution and loss of habitat.

A photograph one of my sons took while scuba diving off of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef provided the subject for this drawing.  It was created with colored pencils.

kip with turtle

Here is a photograph of the same turtle shown in the drawing.


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Wolf Sketches

May 3, 2009

Wolves’ eyes are smart, alert and mysterious.  They hold us captive while making us look inward. 

To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul – hope you like what you see.

~ Aldo Leopold

These sketches were made with black charcoal pencil and colored pencil on manila paper.

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Raptor Eyes

April 18, 2009


A Bald Eagle's Eye

A raptor’s ability to spot prey from a great distance, its superior depth perception and rapid focusing all contribute to its skill at catching unsuspecting prey on land, in the air or in the water.

Considering the size of their heads, raptor eyes are quite large compared to those of other birds.  They are fascinating subjects to draw.  These drawings were made with colored pencils.

the osprey

An Osprey

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Eastern Cougar

March 26, 2009


Cats’ eyes are among the most beautiful in the animal kingdom.  Their pupils change from narrow slits in bright sunshine to full circles in the dark.  These eyes belong to an Eastern Cougar, an elusive wild cat that lives in Canadian woods.

The drawing was made with coloured pencils on emerald green textured paper.

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Buckeye Moth

March 6, 2009


Butterflies and moths are splendid creatures that never fail to impress with their vivid colours and patterns.  Although moths are usually less showy, this one has some striking markings.  The image above is only one half of the original which shows both sides of the moth.

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