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Rhinoceros

I have seen so much lately on what’s going on with our environment and wildlife that I am having a hard time understanding the onslaught on all our natural resources. Does no one understand that every thing on this planet must work together, not destroy. Sometimes I feel like just getting off grid and leaving society behind…

Rhino drawing

I’d been working on some small doodles for a few days and trying to avoid the news & I suddenly got this urge do a large drawing. I usually stick to smaller sizes, not sure why but I really felt like I needed to do a large format piece. As I don’t really have any large pieces of paper around except some large pastel and watercolour paper I decided to use one of them. So I chose a grey watercolour paper.

 

The image of the Rhino is one that really spoke to me. I had taken some photos last year at wildlife parks the expression is always one of sadness or maybe that’s just how I feel when I see them.

 

 

At first I started with pencils/graphite to block in my image and the plan was to use them throughout. But they just didn’t work on this paper. I started working more areas in the charcoal. I rarely use charcoal but I was loving this. The face on this giant beast is so sweet, the intelligence in its eyes.

 

It took me a couple of weeks with all of those wrinkles but I was very happy with the results. Not sure what I will do with image, I have gone back and forth between donating it but there isn’t much around here for that and trying to sell it to donate the money to some wildlife program. I am sure it will come to me.

 

People always say you need a ‘style’ a ‘niche’ I have always struggled with this. I love art it’s all I want to do but I’ve never had a style. Recently I’ve given all this a lot of thought, the one thing about no job, you have lots of time to think.


I’ve been trying to do a painting, sketch or even doodle everyday. I know I’d like to make a living from my art but I really want to give back as well. What do I feel strongly about, what do I love and where do I feel the most happy. It suddenly hit me…..Nature. I can’t express what being outside in nature feels like. It’s so calming, I feel at peace when I’m outside.


With the FB, instagram and Twitter posts lately I’ve noticed people react to my nature and wildlife art in a positive way more so than other items and as it’s truly the thing I enjoy doing most it just makes sense.


So that’s it, my thing, my style/niche. Nature & wildlife art and find a way to use it to create awareness to what we’re doing to planet. I suddenly feel like it really is going to be okay and this is what I was meant to do.

As I have mentioned I have extra time at home now that I’m unemployed and to be honest I still love it. I can spend my time doing all sorts of things. It’s like a sign, this is what I’m meant to do. If I can sell my art (crafts) to make enough $ to pay bills then this is my future reality and I’m excited, more than I have been in years. 

So while I have this time I’ve decided to try my hand at watercolour. I did it as child, then took a course in college but it never really stuck. I just couldn’t get hang of it nothing looked right. I was a bit apprehensive but I am loving it!


I’ve done items from photos or sketches that I’ve done. I even tried my hand at a bit of watercolour fantasy….I think I need bit more practice for that 🙂


I think I prefer landscapes and flowers, nature. I get lost in it – till someone mentions the time, I am oblivious. 



Well back to it 🙂

While I am home doing the job hunt thing (which by the way is a full time job) and hoping I come up with a way to freelance so I can chose not to return to the office life. I am making most of free time 🙂 

I love animals, nature & all its wildlife (not snakes, never snakes) I thought it would be great to do some pastels of endangered animals. My starting animal is a Gorilla. It’s the eyes, so expressive. 

I used canson pastel paper and a mix of pencil and my Rembrandt soft sticks. 

I’m pretty happy with finished product and it felt good to lose myself in the process. I think I will try another paper next time though. I am now planning my next one. Not sure which animal yet but looking forward to it.