The apartment, where I live, backs up to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Just a block away are hiking trails. If I wanted to, I could hike a trail to the Pacific Ocean beaches. (12 mile hike downhill but then 12 miles uphill, ugh. I’ll take the 20 minute drive for now and walk on the beach. Haha)
We share the area with coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, snakes, rabbits, lizards, other mountain animals and many birds. The other night a coyote wandered into the apartment complex parking area. He looked a bit bewildered. There are lots of cats around so maybe he was on the hunt.
These are the stages of the sketch for the Neighborhood Coyote in the Moonlight.
Size: 5 1/2” x 8”
Watercolor wash to begin
Watercolor pencils on the background, more watercolor to define the shadow areas on the coyote.
Finished coyote with watercolor pencil and black pen.