The bandit Cardinal Returns to southern Arizona mesquite tree by James Lewis Hamilton

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Featured “Finks of Ink” group 2010
Challenge Winner in “The World” 2011
Featured in “Love & Hugs 4 ALL” 10 March 2014
Featured in “Pen and Ink Corner” group 3/15/14
Featured in “Art and Ink So FREE” 3/17/14

The Cardinal returns to my bit of desert in the winter, or Christmas season.

This started as a pen and ink sketch in my Canson Sketch book. I imported it into Photoshop elements and have made a few adjustment/enhancements.

Just in case anyone reads this and CRAVES to see more of this artist’s works, then you can CLICK ON the “FIRST TAG” below (jlh designs) and there’ll be pages of his artistic expressions! Enjoy ;-)))

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  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsabout 5 years ago

    excellent!!! love the texture on the tree!!

  • Thanks for looking and commenting!!! IT’s a mesquite tree, and though I drew all the lines in the bark with my pen, I have to admit that in photoshop I added a ‘sketch’ filter that really adjusted the bark texture toward amazingly like nature. ; – ))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • James Lewis Hamilton
    James Lewis Ha...about 5 years ago

    My activity feed tells me that this has been ‘Featured" in the ’Finks of Ink’ group. I am always so honored and grateful by the recognition of a feature. Thank you.
    ; – ))))))))

  • Pat  knight
    Pat knightalmost 5 years ago

    Love the drawing and colour.

  • thank you Pat… it feels good to be appreciated…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

    Sorry to be so late with this but I’ve been a little busy with Challenges. I love this it is Awesome.

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

    Congrats Top 10 Selective Coloring Challenge 6/25/10

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  • supernan
    supernanabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work as usual young man x

  • thanks… and the younger I get the easier and funner it gets, too! ;-)))

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • CriscoPhotos
    CriscoPhotosalmost 4 years ago

  • what a lovely surprise and honor… after returning from a trip away… thank you!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Nice work, not sure how this one slipped by me til now!

  • well… I don’t know either… but ain’t it nice when someone catches up with an older entry…AND comments… AND I was thinking about this piece as I watched a Cardinal flitting around our pool last night!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago


  • and thanks for your “cool”… from a queen of COOL!


    – James Lewis Hamilton

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