Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The size of your Christmas tree.

Happy Holidays!

I would like to wish everyone the very best this holiday season!

Graphite pencil on 300# Arches watercolor paper, 5 x 9

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.
 In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. 

~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

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Watch the drawing come to life in the time-lapse video!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Broke away from the Snowman theme

2012 Holiday drawing coming out tomorrow, 12/19/2012!

I had to take a break from my Africa sketchbook/journal excerpts to get caught up in the studio with a few holiday commissions and of course my 2012 Holiday Drawing which I just finished. Once again it is a small song bird perched on something that reminds me of the holidays. I broke away from the Snowman theme this year and went with something different. I plan on sending out my 2012 Studio Holiday Greetings email tomorrow morning, I hope you enjoy it. Until then I thought it would be nice to look back at the previous years holiday drawings.

 2011 Holiday Drawing
"Buttons (Carolina Wren)"
Graphite pencil on watercolor paper
5 x 8

 2010 Holiday Drawing
 "Snow woman (Cardinal)"
Graphite pencil on watercolor paper
6 x 8

 2009 Holiday Drawing
 "Bulbs (House Finch)"
Graphite pencil on watercolor paper
5 x 9

 2008 Holiday Drawing
 "Bulbs (House Finch)"
Graphite pencil on watercolor paper
5 x 9

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fall 2012 RL Caldwell Studio Newsletter

What, where and when...

RL Caldwell Studio Newsletter

Fall 2012

My studio newsletter went out this morning to inboxes everywhere and in cased you haven't signed up for my studio newsletter yet, then you can see it by clicking on the link below. This issue covers my exhibition in Dallas and my travels to Africa as well as the up coming events this winter and spring. I hope you enjoy it!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Heard a Lion roar!

My adventure in Africa 2012
Excerpts from my field sketchbook/journal
Day 4 (Day 3 in Tarangire)
"5:16am -- Heard a Lion roar last night around 2:30am --- NOT too far from my tent?"
Day four started off very early although I don't think I ever fell completely back to sleep after being awoken at 2:30 in the morning of  a loud running sound accompanied with very dramatic rustling and ending with the roar of what I believed to be a lion.

 A fast field sketch of a Crowned Lapwing (Plover).
Drawn in Africa, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa

We explored the west side of the Silale swamp in the morning looking for Leapoards, Lions and Cheetahs, sadly we did not see any but saw plenty of other wildlife. We stopped mid morning at the Silale Pinic area for a pinic breakfast which was great but the landscape was just incredible. After breakfast we did another slow game drive back to Kikoti camp where we had lunch, some much needed down time, I sketched and then we went back out for an afternoon game drive. This time we went on the east side of Silale swamp more up in the acacia forest/scrub where we were able to view some really nice Giraffe, one of which came so close to the Land Cruiser that it could have sat down next to me!

"5pm -- Caught  between two herds of Elephants!"
Day 3's track in the Tarangire park

The track was not used as often in fact ours were the only fresh tracks on the road and the wildlife was a lot more skittish than the other parts of the park that I had been in so far. We couldn't get as close to the animals but I did get to see a different type of behavior, that being the animals alertness was much higher and added to the excitement of the day.