“Masquerade” 16x13.5” graphite with colored pencil on Strathmore paper

I’ve done a few drawings in the past that were inspirited by the unraveling of the paper exterior of bald faced hornet’s nests. This is another. It’s also one of my favorite types of drawings to do, just me sitting down with a pencil and paper and seeing where the drawing wants to take me. The only reference on this piece was a couple of feathers, one from a hawk the other from a Baltimore oriole that were found in a local park, and an old bell that hangs as an ornament on our Christmas tree. Oddly enough, my studio mate, Guinness the dog, turned up a chunk of a hornet’s nest in the snow after the drawing was completed. Interesting timing!