• Rough sketches of tardigrades (water bear) while on a call this evening. Pentel Graphgear 1000 with 2B lead

  • A small sketch of a wood duck from last evening. ✍️ 🎨

  • New podcast with Gayle Kabaker. I talk about art prompts and a couple of other bits before chatting with Gayle about her journey. From covers for The New Yorker to a book for Vital Voices. Https://drawinginspiration.fm/61 ✍️ 🎨

  • Now for something a little different. Spent a couple hours on the grounds of the Mackenzie King Estate in Ottawa. Beautiful area with some interesting ruins. Chatted with many visitors.

  • Finished the dragonfly page of my nature journal. Colored pencil on hot press paper✍️ 🎨

  • Finally got back got to the dragonflies. Been working on other things. A couple more types to add to this page 🎨 ✍️

  • It’s International Orangutan Day so I did this pencil sketch ✍️ 🎨

  • Excited to be in the process of minting my first NFTs as part of a collection. Stay tuned. I will be announcing on here, Twitter and Instagram as I begin my foray into selling digital works in the NFT space.

  • It’s World Elephant Day. I sketched this African elephant in graphite a couple of days ago partly inspired by my recent podcast with Sophie Green. Thanks to all who work every single day to protect these creatures and their habitats.

  • Got some more work done on the dragonfly page of my nature journal. 🎨 ✍️

  • It’s World Lion Day. Such majestic cats. Let’s do more to protect them and their environment.

  • Sophie Green joins me for podcast episode 59 to talk about her creative journey. We discuss her art, social media and the special way she supports conservation groups around the globe. Https://drawinginspiration.fm/59 πŸŽ™

  • Started a new page in a park yesterday. This time it’s dragonflies for my nature journal. 🎨

  • This nature journal page is complete. The chrysalis may look different than the norm but this is just after dropping its skin as a caterpillar. Colored pencil on hot press 🎨

  • This will be the last work in progress shot before the final. Butterfly almost done. Next are the remaining petals and then adding a caterpillar and chrysalis. 🎨

  • A little watercolor from a field today. This car is named Louise and is believed to be the source of much negative energy. So, I didn’t touch her. 🎨 ✍️

  • Beginning a new colored pencil piece. ✍️🎨

  • Nature journal page complete for the cecropia moth. Largest moth in Canada. Only lives two weeks as a moth and has no mouth! Drawn with Faber Castell Polychromos in an Etchr Sketchbook (hot press) 🎨 ✍️

  • Next in my nature journal is this cecropia moth spread. Caterpillar is done and now working the male moth. Using colored pencils this time 🎨 ✍️

  • A stoat/ermine near our pond made it into my journal 🎨

  • The bee page in my nature journal is complete. Next page will be cute and wild ;-) 🎨

  • Episode 57 is live. France Van Stone and I talk about her journey and keeping her art passion going even as a full-time French teacher. We talk mindset, tools and technique. We also chat about social media and I have a chance to mention Micro.blog @manton :-) drawinginspiration.fm/57 🎨 ✍️

  • I added a couple more bees and a flower to the large bee in my sketchbook. I will probably add a couple more.

  • My little watercolor bee 🎨

  • Something a little different :-) Kubota BX23S 🎨

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