Deer in the Headlights– “So Many Stories to Tell” Art Challenge

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Whitetail Deer urban wildlife drawing by BZTAT

For an artistic challenge, I am making a series of drawings throughout the month of January, each telling a story, or capturing a moment that has been part of my story. I am calling this my “So Many Stories to Tell” Art Challenge.

Today’s drawing is a mini version of a painting that I did as part of a painting series over the past year. My Urban Wildlife Painting Series  is a group of paintings featuring wildlife creatures that call my community home. Although their environmental origins are prairies and forests, these habitats have given way to urban sprawl. Adaptable creatures, they have found ways to share our mutual domain, and  they can be seen in increasingly urban areas.

I have been fascinated by wildlife my entire life. For the painting series, and for this drawing, however, I drew upon a particular experience for inspiration. 

For about a year and half, I took on a part-time job that led me on a nightly adventure. I delivered newspapers to earn extra money to support my art business, which had me traveling neighborhoods in the wee hours of the morning. On these travels, I came face to face with the night creatures of my community.

“There is something beautiful about driving around late at night when there is no one else awake but the night creatures that inhabit the city. The approach of my car startles them. They take notice of me, and they ponder whether they should flee or stand their ground. They regard me as my headlights capture their visage. I regard them too, with a mix of fascination and wonder. It is just them and me, and I see them – really SEE them – words fail to describe the encounter.”

– Artist Statement, Artist BZTAT, Urban Wildlife Painting Series

I painted day creatures, as well, for the series. You can see the full series here. As I continue with the “So Many Stories to Tell” Art Challenge, I may do other wildlife drawings harkening back to the series.

Each of my “So Many Stories to Tell” Art Challenge drawings will be placed for auction here on my blog.  You can follow each day’s drawing by by subscribing to my my blog or by following my posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Minimum bids will be low – you just might get a great artwork for a bargain!

Thanks for following along all month and for bidding on the drawings!

By the way, let me know what you would like to see me draw the rest of the month in the comments below. I am open to suggestions!

Here is the info about today’s drawing if you’d like to make a bid:

5″ x 7″ Prismacolor Pencil Drawing by artist BZTAT 

Comes with a matt ready for a 8X10″ frame.

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Minimum Bid $25 USD

Shipping: $5 USA $15 International

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Highest bid at 10:00 pm EST on Saturday, 1/11/2020 wins the piece.

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Life is an Adventure!


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