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Monday, November 15, 2010

Nibbling #77


I finished my doe today. It is a mule deer doe, nibbling on willow leaves. Mule deer have such big ears. When I first saw one I could hardly believe my eyes. Not to be biased, but I’d rather draw a dozen mule deer than one white-tailed deer.

I saw this doe about three weeks ago when we went down to the Klamath Basin to camp. A small group of deer were feeding in the strip of land between wetlands and a steep rocky cliff. That area isn't hunted, so the deer are quite tolerant of our presence.

Pigma pen and watercolor.

6 comments:

Brinda said...

Wow Elva, you have caught the gentleness of the doe...and a wonderfully soft expression! I really love your style of painting

Mermaid's Palette said...

Elva- WOW! This is beautiful! We had white tailed deer on Long Island and they were everywhere...usually munching on my garden in the evening.
Wonderful watercolor
Sheryl

B.E.Deuel said...

Your style is so calm and easy-looking. It just draws me fully into the scene.

-Barb

Laure Ferlita said...

She looks a bit disgruntled! Love the personality you've captured in this!

Elva Paulson said...

Thank you, all. I particularily enjoyed working on this piece.

Kelly said...

...beautiful, Elva!! You really captured her presence. I've never seen a mule deer in person, but I love the ears in your painting!! Beautiful eyes...