15×22 graphite, colored pencil and watercolor on coquille paper. For those of who have never tried this paper, it has a texture (it comes in two types) that gives a very “soft” look to the work. Once again, had another idea and this is the result. Original available.

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The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), also known as the Virginia deer or simply as the whitetail, is a medium-sized deer native to the United States (all but five of the states), Canada, Mexico, Central America, and in South America as far south as Peru. It has also been introduced to New Zealand and some countries in Europe, such as Finland and the Czech Republic.

The species is most common east of the Rocky Mountains, and is absent from much of the western United States, including Nevada, Utah, California, Hawaii, and Alaska (though its close relatives, the mule deer and black-tailed deer Odocoileus hemionus, can be found there). It does, however, survive in aspen parklands and deciduous river bottomlands within the central and northern Great Plains, and in mixed deciduous riparian corridors, river valley bottomlands, and lower foothills of the northern Rocky Mountain regions from South Dakota and Wyoming to southeastern British Columbia, including the Montana Valley and Foothill grasslands.

The conversion of land adjacent to the northern Rockies into agriculture use and partial clear-cutting of coniferous trees (resulting in widespread deciduous vegetation) has been favorable to the white-tailed deer and has pushed its distribution to as far north as Prince George, British Columbia. Populations of deer around the Great Lakes have also expanded their range northwards, due to conversion of land to agricultural uses favoring more deciduous vegetation, and local caribou and moose populations. The westernmost population of the species, known as the Columbian white-tailed deer, once was widespread in the mixed forests along the Willamette and Cowlitz River valleys of western Oregon and southwestern Washington, but today its numbers have been considerably reduced, and it is classified as near-threatened. The white-tailed deer is well-suited for its environment. Fossil records indicate that its basic structure has not changed in four million years (info from Wikipedia).

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 3 years ago

    Exquisite artwork, really love it! :O)

  • laalpete
    laalpeteabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful work of art Barb.

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 3 years ago

    I have it’s nose print on the inside of my monitor, again a masterpiece from a maestro. You will always amaze me Barb, thank you!!

  • I am sorry about that.. I told him not to smell anything for a while – oh well. Oh.. while I’ve got you here.. I’m having real problems getting decent shots of the art.. seems I’m always getting shadows and if I use the flash – it’s all washed out!! And this is Ohio.. sunshine is not something we get a whole lot of.. and if I took it outside today, the wind would carry it away. Any suggestions?

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Nina Zabrodina
    Nina Zabrodinaabout 3 years ago
    Beautiful !
  • Cathacat
    Cathacatabout 3 years ago

    Stunning – I love the way you’ve done this.

  • You know how it is.. an idea comes into your head and until you do something about it – it keeps you up nights. That’s what this one did to me!! I’m planning on doing some more antlered and horned critters.. just have to figure them out.. And thanks so much.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic artwork Barb!!

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 3 years ago

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous composition and technical application on your creation Barb !! This image sure captures the spirit of the deer and so beautifully done !!!!

  • Thank you so much – it’s appreciated more than you know.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eaglesonabout 3 years ago

    Very lovely and well done.

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