Sleeping Deer

Sleeping Deer, chalk on paper, 9"x17"

Sleeping Deer, chalk on paper, 9″x17″

Deer come often by our house, but only one time one of them settled for a nap, just below my window. I sketched fast, for about 15 – 20 minutes, and took a photo. The deer soon got up and I had to finish drawing from the photograph. Yet, in those 20 minutes, I watched its every stretch and quiver in the cuddling, and felt immersed in tenderness.