Spent Daffodils

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Spent Daffodils, graphite and colored pencils on watercolor paper, Photoshop.

It’s almost the end of daffodil season. Our family planted dozens of daffodil bulbs on our hillside on Orcas Island a few years ago, and last year my wife planted dozens and dozens more. Now in the spring the fields are dotted with bright yellow, and it’s dazzling.

They’re still eye-catching—even beautiful—as they wither and become bedraggled, ghostlike and faded.

Pronghorn Skull

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Pronghorn skull from the Burke Museum, Mammalogy Collection, University of Washington, Seattle. Colored pencil on watercolor paper, cleaned up in Photoshop.

(Antilocapra american, family Antilocapridae)

I wanted to capture the roughness of the sheaths on the horns versus the smoothness of the ivory skull. (Pronghorns shed their sheaths annually, but underneath is a horn made of bone.)

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