In a few days it’s Ground Hog Day!
Tradition has it that if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day, sees its shadow and is frightened by it, then there will be 6 more weeks of snowy cold weather; and if he doesn’t see a shadow this would mean spring is on its way!
In the 1880s a newspaper editor in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania sold this idea to some business men and the celebrations began!
I have never been during the festivities, but I have been to Punxsutawney. This past year my husband and I went on a long weekend, and drove up to Kinzua Bridge Sate Park, stopping at ZippoCase Museum, Scripture Rock Heritage Park and staying at a cute Bed & Breakfast in Punxsutawney.
It was a fun little drive that you probably wouldn’t want to make in February (because of the slippery road possibilities, I guess) but, it was a fun trip in the fall. I left all of the links to where we went for more information if you are interested.
Here is how you can draw a ground hog.
Okay, I went over my pencil lines with ink, and I realize now that the eyes on my ground hog have a rather mean look about them. I will fix that when I start to paint. But here is what I mean:
See how my 2 ‘smiley’ faces here have dots for eyes, but one is mean-looking? The eye brows make the second face have a stern appearance.
As I darkened the eyes, I made them a little more rounded, and I think a little more softened. They don’t look as mean anymore.
Here it is completed. I painted mine, but you can certainly use crayons, markers or in pencil. Have some fun.