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Take a Hike

I like to take different hikes on the weekends in fall, try a different trail, see different landscapes, collect treasures I find on the trails, mostly through photography. One of these weekends, I’m hoping to go on a hike by myself and try doing some botanical studies and odes to nature in my sketchbook.

This past weekend, I hiked at Lapham Peak, which is part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern unit, formed 10,000 years ago by glaciers. The trails traverse through glacially-formed hills and around kettle lakes, prairies and state forest land.


It was also great fun to discover a beautiful butterfly garden in the middle of this state park, full of a huge variety of wildflowers that attract pollinators. Nice to still see bees, goldfinches and monarchs this late in the season. I lucked out with a warm and sunny fall day, so it was exhilarating to be out in the woods and hiking the trails again.

Thrifty Thursday

I’ve been getting into thrift shopping lately, especially since there’s a great thrift store close to my house. Here are a few of my recent finds:

I always search for interesting and unique children’s picture books to add to my illustration reference library. These small Beatrix Potter books are treasures for my bookshelf at $1.00 each! Beatrix Potter is my hero, so I’m grateful to find any of her work at a thrift store.

This illustrated picture book about Charles Dickens was a wonderful find at $2.00. I learned so much about him that I never knew.

I’m also always on the hunt for vintage silver items, and this rectangular-shaped tray was a unique find at $1.00!

This vintage silver wine bottle holder was a rare find at only 60 cents!

I’ve never been a big bargain shopper so I’m having a ball looking for thrifty treasures for everyday use.

Wildlife Wednesday

There is a warm glow outside on this mid-September day.

After a walk around the block for a lunch time break, I paused to notice the wildlife in my backyard. I saw Chippy climbing around the wood pile and arbor vitae trees, the cardinal family, the chickadee gang and a woodpecker competing for time at the bird feeder.

It was a nice distraction from the demands of the day and a comforting moment of peace.

Hope you are having a good hump day and finding ways to take care of yourself!

Animal and Nature Art Series

I completed a lot of drawing and illustration projects in 2016. It’s fun to see my best nine on Instagram, based on the number of likes, which includes some tiny art, animal art, watercolor experiments, and black and white drawings from my moleskin sketchbook.

best nine 2016

I completed 44 weekly animal art illustrations (not all shown here), which is wonderful to look through. I learned a lot about drawing animals and page composition, and I had fun experimenting with a variety of watercolors.

October animal art series img_6106 August animal art freshwater fish animal art sketchbook wildflowers and pollinators week 26 animal art nature June animal art series Animal Art Series May birds animal art weeks 13-16animal art weeks 9-12animal art weeks 5-8 animal art weeks 1-4

I loved working on this weekly animal art project in 2016, and my daily doodle in 2015, so I’m not sure what to do in 2017 for a daily drawing challenge. Cheers to a better year in 2017!

Terri

Black and White Sketchbook Pages

It’s been nice to get reacquainted lately with one of my favorite things to do, drawing black and white illustrations in my moleskin sketchbooks with my favorite mechanical pencil and a Micron pen.

I finished the last page in my recent sketchbook (above), and started a new one (below).

In looking through my last few sketchbooks, I discovered I like to go big on the first page. I used to have such a phobia for messing up that first page!

I managed to squeeze in a little coffee shop sketching around the holidays.


Happy drawing!

Terri

October Animal Art Series: National Parks Wildlife

In order to continue my mission to draw all the time and fill up more sketchbooks in 2016, I’ve been busy working on a new theme of drawings each week. At the end of the week, it’s nice to have lots of new drawings and a full page illustration. And I’m learning how to draw so many new things this year, which is really exciting! Only eight weeks left in this challenge.

I finished a fun series of illustrations in October for my animal art series with the theme national parks wildlife.


It will be fun to use these animal drawings for a series of illustrated maps of the national parks. Or turn them into postcards. Happy drawing!

Terri

Click here to see my Weeks 1-16 illustrations, ranging from bears to owls to whales to saltwater fish

Click here to see Weeks 17-20: Backyard Birds, Flamingos, Peacock and Macaws

Click here to see Weeks 21-25: Bugs: Neon Insects, Monarch Butterflies, Butterflies, Neon Spiders, and Moths

Click here to see Week 26: Nature is new every morning.

Click here to see Weeks 27-30: Wildflowers + Pollinators

Click here to see Weeks 31-34: Freshwater Fish

Click here to see Weeks 35-38: Backyard Wildlife

Click here to see Week 39: National Parks Wildlife

Click here to see Week 40: Elk Portrait

Click here to see Week 41: Grey Wolf

Click here to see Week 42: Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat

Click here to see Week 43: Pronghorn Antelope

Click here to see Week 44: Caribou and Moose Crossing

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