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Going to the Zoo on New Year’s Day

January 14, 2012

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Above: First spread in first journal of the year. Roughly 7 x 9 inches, paper to be discussed later.

As is my habit, I have to draw some animals from life every New Year's Day. There is no resident animal so happily Como Zoo obliges by being open 365 days a year. Off I went with my new journal. I will have more to say about the paper for this journal, it is to be released soon.

Today I just wanted to encourage you to get out and sketch some animals.

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Left: Sketch of a Kudu in the new journal for 2012.

I was using a Staedtler Pigment Liner (.3) and Daniel Smith watercolors in my mini-kids' palette for both of these. It was a cold day and I worked mostly inside the buildings. I did venture out to watch the Bison and the Arctic Fox. And there are some new bears staying at the zoo for a short while.

Seeing the puffins up close and personal on the first day of the new year not only made me smile, they reminded me to breathe. That's always a good reminder on the first day of the year.

Note: The first journal of 2012 is the left-most journal in the batch from December 2011. The one with the beige fabric and the orange and blue splattered decorative paper.

    • Shelly D
    • January 14, 2012
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    Roz – I was so taken with your beautiful Kudu sketch that I kept coming back to this page to gaze again. Which then led to reading about them; yes, your psychological insight seems accurate, that they have minimal defense mechanisms and are usually not seen in the open. But, again, great drawing, and an auspicious start to 2012. Thanks! -Shelly D

    • sue
    • January 14, 2012
    Reply

    I like Roz’s site and blog but am getting too much on email and need to cut back. I cannot figure out how to unsubscribe. Can anyone help me? Thanks–

  1. Reply

    Sue since you haven’t said how you were subscribed I’m sorry I can’t help you. If you subscribed via an internal link with Typepad please contact Typepad’s help line.

    If you did the RSS thing then please return to that source for unsubscribing, as it isn’t anything that I can control for here.

    Good luck with your efforts to cut back.

  2. Reply

    Thanks Shelly, I’m glad you liked the Kudu sketch. It’s often difficult to see herd animals in a situation of scrutiny. I know they have a safe life, if constrained. I do wish they could relax with it.

    I’m looking forward to getting BOTH horns in one sketch this year! If they’ll just sit still long enough.

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