I've fallen in love... Big black eyes, tan and gray, and somewhere between a prairie dog and a rat... this little creature has entered my heart:
Did you notice how cute he or she is? Here's a better picture...
This little creature is called a round-tailed ground squirrel. I've never heard of such a thing, or seen one, until i stumbled upon them at the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, east of Phoenix, last November...
We both froze when we saw each other. Then, slowly, he (or she..its kind of hard to tell) came closer to my car.. and I took some close up pictures. Which inspired this pastel drawing...
Then winter happened in Arizona... you know that one month where we get something called cold weather... and the ground squirrels went into hibernation.
But, this past week, I went to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix, and fell in love with them all over again... Because it's spring, and spring is a marvelous time of year.
It's the time of year when we get to see cute, little ground squirrels munching on new leaves as they climb up high into the trees...
They are just so darn cute.
And this one is definitely going to find its way into some new pastel drawings.
Join me October 8th & 9th at Salt River Fields for Uncommon Markets
I will be participating in the inaugural event for Uncommon Markets. Uncommon Markets is a new event coming to Scottsdale that offers an opportunity to support local artisans, discover sustainable goods, find uncommon stuff, enjoy food, music, and see innovative new art from emerging 29 & under artists - like myself! It will be my first market/art festival type event and I'm very excited to take this opportunity to share new work with a new audience. Learn more about the festival at Uncommon Markets' website, and if you do make it out, find me at booth 220!
I live here..
Well, I live in a place that beautiful red rock landscapes exist down the street from me.
It's called Sedona, Arizona.
Thousands of tourists flock here to hike, explore, and stand in awe of these amazing red rock formations.
Who can blame them really? It's quite a spectacular sight when you first stumble upon them.
Sedona is also known for it's spiritual community, and the famous vortexes. Vortexes are places where the Earth is exceptionally alive with energy and people can feel it when they stand there or something like that. I'm not really sure, but thousands of people come to Sedona seeking out these vortexes in order to discover something about themselves. Recently, a friend of mine came to visit Sedona for the day, and went with a guide to one of these vortexes that is apparently located at Cathedral Rock. She shared how wonderful the experience was at dinner afterwards, and it got me curious. I had been to Cathedral Rock before, but it had been years. So with nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon, I took a hike to Cathedral rock in search for this vortex.
I'm not sure if I found the exact location of this Vortex in question,