Sunday, July 17, 2011



Skin Deep Beauty

We have just come home from a marvelous, adventurous trip to Yellowstone! And what do I decide to render? Not bears, wolves, geysers or waterfalls. A Marine Iguana. I couldn't help it. I saw this guy last month at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and fell in love with his complex, textured skin and wry grin. I love reptiles...especially lizards. Perhaps it's because they seem to thrive in the simplicity of their lifestyle. Sleep, eat, bask...sleep, eat, bask...they are content creatures indeed!
This portrait is 2.5 x 3.75" Pencil.
It will be entered in one of two fall miniature shows this year.

5 comments:

Tim Robinson said...

I am really glad I found your blog. Your work is fantastic. I really love the 6.5 x 20.5 " Golden Goose" Portrait from an earlier post.

Mary Jansen said...

Welcome Tim and thank you so much! To be honest, I've been a bit neglectful of my blog this summer. I've been traveling and reaping in the beauty of far away places. Now it's time to get back to work and put those places on paper!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary! You are keeping up with your blog alot better than I am. How are the miniatures for the two shows coming along? They are going to be wonderful. I have NO doubts. That is what I have been doing and I really haven't had time for the Art Colony. March on!

ellie said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to be anonymous. It's me...Ellie!

Mary Jansen said...

You are so funny Ellie!!!
I have three minis getting stale on my desk. I'm going to finish one today! I'm very determined for the deadlines are right around the corner!!! ACK!!!