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Barbara’s Tiny Notebook

THESE SKETCHES are part of a series drawn on Tumamoc on a small pad I can hold in one hand. The actual size of the image below  is 5” x 3.5.”  I used a cheap ballpoint pen I found somewhere. Ballpoint pens are useful in the field; you can get a broad range of tones from one tool, and the ink dries quickly without smearing.

The first drawing below is a still life, something I don’t often do. I laid two barrel cactus fruits, both eaten out by animals, next to a small mesquite twig. I like the fruits for their topknots, and because the rodents dissected out the fruit interiors, giving me a look inside. The small black specks are some of the few seeds they didn’t eat. The twig is a fragment as well, but you can see a pattern of growth and life in it too.

ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Barrel Cactus Fruit and Mesquite Twig,” ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Globe Mallow and Shadows on the Pavement", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Globe Mallow and Shadows on the Pavement”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Cholla Cacti" colored pencil drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Cholla Cacti” colored pencil drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Branches, Tumamoc", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Branches, Tumamoc”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Barrel Cactus", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Barrel Cactus”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Barrel Cactus, Tumamoc Hill", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Barrel Cactus, Tumamoc Hill”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Hibiscus coulteri, Tumamoc Hill", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Hibiscus coulteri, Tumamoc Hill”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Echinocereus acanthoides, Tumamoc Hill", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Echinocereus acanthoides, Tumamoc Hill”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

"Gray Bird Grasshopper, Tumamoc Hill", ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian
“Gray Bird Grasshopper, Tumamoc Hill”, ball point pen drawing by Barbra Terkanian

 

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