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Praying Mantis”- I’m currently participating in Inktober52, an international pen and ink artist’s event in which the organizer sends out an email each Thursday with a “prompt”, which is the subject/theme for the week. It can range from objects to colors to ideas and more. I’m having a lot of fun with it and enjoying the challenge of getting out of my subject comfort zones. The prompt for the drawing above was “praying mantis”. I’d just gotten a batch of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay inks and couldn’t resist taking them for a spin, ignoring the actual colors of a mantis. The finished drawings are posted on Instagram with the hashtag #inktober52. You can see what else I’ve done to far here.

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“Cheetah”

I’m now selling downloadable coloring pages like the one above in my Etsy Shop! Come take a look! The originals are dip pen and ink drawings on Clearprint Heavy Vellum. All the of the images are from photos I’ve taken myself on my travels over the years. You can buy them here:

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New! I’m now sharing and teaching nature and animal sketching at my new site SketchWild. Learn how get started in this popular pastime, what to buy and more. Also, I’ve started drawing with dip pens and ink after many years, so there will be information and tutorials on that also.

Check it out here!

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  1. Hi Susan, I hadn’t heard what you are up to for a while, so I Googled you and found your recent work and activities. Glad to see you continue to be out there with your wonderful nature centered art work, and continue to expand your reach as well as growing as an artist. Congratulations on all your accomplishments.

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  2. Thanks, Kathy! I’ve been having a lot of fun getting back into pen and ink and was in a hiatus from oil painting but am back at the easel now. I just joined American Women Artists and have entered two pieces in their Spring Online Show. I plan to start going out sketching and doing location watercolors when the weather gets nice. Maybe we could hit a few spots together. :0)

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