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.