The summer brings out the best in people, and we look forward to it around here. Our town has a population of about 5,000 people, though I would have guessed about 500 when we first moved here three years ago. Normally, the locals stay tucked away on their farms and homes about town, but for a brief few weeks everyone is out. The warm sun drags people from their sleepy winter dens and we get to meet new people, re-visit ones we haven’t chatted with in a while, and of course take part in the local gatherings.
I just love our library! I take my sons every Thursday morning to the little story time and craft program, and it’s been a constant for us the past few years. The staff is always so sweet and welcoming and we always feel like we leave knowing it will somehow always be that lovely when we return the next week.
This week was exceptionally fun with the summer reading program starting that we went twice in one day. For a small town, they really step up and organize fun summer activities for the kiddos. This week, we had our first encounter with a hedgehog! I may have enjoyed it even more than my boys given my obsession with little woodland creatures lately. The little lady’s name was Ranger, and I was lucky enough to get a photo of her up close.
I’ve seen a few children’s books with a leading hedgehog character but not many. I thought I would take a swing at developing a quick illustration this afternoon while the boys were napping. I imagined her nestled up in a snugly grassy patch on a bed of leaves. I guess if I were a hedgehog, that is exactly where I would want to be.
Little panda adored my sketch and asked me to put it in his room, and then he asked me if I could draw him a big horse too… Oh ok!
My illustration was done using my $2 watercolor pencils on very nice cold press watercolor paper. As much as I adore exploring with them, Lion bought me my first set of Derwent, Inktense watercolor pencils today. It feels like Christmas morning, and I cannot wait to use them. A huge thanks to my very dear blogging friends who have been so helpful in suggesting this brand to me!
Have a wonderful weekend!