After a day at the zoo, I’ve learned this: there really is no creature who won’t start moving the minute you’ve started drawing it. Snakes – even snakes – who sit in the corner of their terrarium all day, hardly budging an inch, not even for the amusement of children, take up the creed that so many of my artistic subjects seem to, which is: “I will move immediately after you start to draw me, but only after you’ve made a good enough start not to want to start over” – it seems no living thing is exempt. I am convinced that if a tree had the ability to hike up its roots and lumber away, it would do so 12 seconds after I’d put pen to paper. But I suppose the fun is in the challenge. A friend and I were out with a sketch group at our local zoo on Saturday, and we painted and penciled our way through just about every part of the animal kingdom – and not even the tortoises would sit still. But it was fun, and a test of our mettle – and of my portable art supplies. Next time I’d like to try some longer periods of sketching with certain animals – but maybe on a day when there aren’t so many kiddos running around: they were harder to manage than the critters.