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Sketching with friends is always a treat for me as an artist who works alone in a studio.  It’s inspiring to see other’s artistic expressions and it’s challenging to try different subjects.  The Nature Artists’ Guild recently hosted a sketching session at the Meyer Science Center at Wheaton College.

Perry Mastodon © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Perry Mastodon
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

 

Perry Mastodon greeted us at the doorway and Dr. Stephen Moshier led us on a tour of the various fossil, mineral and natural science collections that the department exhibits.  I was fascinated by the Mesosaurus fossil on display and sketched that for most of the time.

Mesosaurus sketch © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Mesosaurus sketch
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

 

Then I found the collection of carved gemstone frogs…a match made in heaven!

The collection was made by geologist Art Smith, a Wheaton alum, who donated it to the college.  I was able to rough in 3 of the green frogs in watercolor before having to leave.  I worked the rest of the sketch at home.  Enjoy!

Stone frogs

 

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