Day 174: The Baby Black Bear

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The hibernating butterflies intermezzo is over and I'm back to wood burning my sleepy animals - I really missed doing this! 


Did you know that female bears give birth during hibernation? The female nurses her cubs through the period of helplessness and doesn't leave the den until spring. By that time, the cubs can walk and follow the mother out of the den (source).

Day 173: Marbled White on the Whiteboard

Saturday, November 22, 2014


After drawing a butterfly in the chalkboard style, it seemed logical to draw next one on the whiteboard. This board became one of my favorite things to use. It is my calendar, my to-do list, a place to write love notes and draw silly doodles. Today it represents my 365 animals canvas. :)


I also love this retro wallpaper. It makes me feel like I'm visiting the mountains in the comfort of my home.

Day 172: Cabbage White (Chalkboard Style)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cabbage Whites had just started to hibernate (they fly from late February to mid-November). They turn into a chrysalis and spend a winter before hatching in adult butterflies in the spring (source).


If you were wondering why they have cabbage in their name - it's the caterpillar's favorite, first and the last supper.

Day 171: The Purple Emperor Butterfly

Thursday, November 20, 2014


This one is a true emperor among the butterflies. Large and with iridescent wings that shine blue or purple in the light, it takes many breaths away. I wish my little digital doodle did this beautiful insect justice. :)

Day 170: The Dark Green Fritillary (Abstract)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I'm usually "painting" on a Samsung Galaxy tablet, but I didn't have access to it today. It was already too dark to take photos of real drawing (and I don't yet own a special photo studio), so I decided to play online. I tried out Sketchpad 3.6 and this abstract butterfly is what I eventually came up with. I must admit that I wanted to give up a couple of times! :) The desire to give up (for one day, not the whole project) happens now and then. I'm often tempted to skip a day. I guess I still have enough of inner and outer motivation to keep on going. Actually, my motivation is getting stronger with every day as I'm receiving more feedback. But this doesn't mean that resistance isn't ever calling my name. Oh, we know each other very well. ;)

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