When the opportunity arises (waiting in line, waiting for someone at a coffee shop, having an impromptu picnic), I sketch.
Some weeks, I wind up with far more sketches than we can fit into the column. Here are two from last week that didn't make the cut.
*You'll have to forgive any anatomical errors - this creature isn't the type to pose for a sketch. In fact, most of these sketches were made by rapidly drawing a portion of the animal each time it reappeared in front of me. In order to finalize a sketch, I would wait patiently until the chipmunk paused again in the same position. It should be clear by the sketches that some poses were more common than others.
I must have spent nearly an hour engrossed in the sound of running water and the subtle shadows on the white flower petals before I spotted one blossom resplendent in magenta and neon green. As I lifted my gaze from that flower, a damselfly paused for a fleeting moment on the edge of a nearby lily pad - just long enough for me to notice it had a blueish hue.
Both sketches are from the Université Laval's botanical garden, which is featured in this week's column.
They were made with a combo of graphite (quick base drawings), watercolors, and a permanent fine-line Sharpie marker. That marker accounts for the particularly bold and dark lines in these sketches, and also helps ensure the watercolors don't blur the ink into a muddy mess.