Friday, March 19, 2010

Linocut Experiments

Today I experimented with some block printing. I love the look of block prints and have decided I'll invest some time and make more.

This is my first linoleum cut - its a Common Tern. The carving was easier than I expected and the printing was harder than I expected. I can already tell I will enjoy the carving and the printing will annoy me... especially when I upgrade to oil based inks.

Played around with my stamps and some watercolor too.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Whales at the Coast

New large 11x14" whale print available at my Etsy Shop. This one is a rocky coast scene with a lighthouse, 6 whales, and other ocean creatures. I'll be adding an 8x10" size tomorrow.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Feature at Project Cottage

Kelly at Project Cottage wrote up a cool little article about me and my artwork, specifically my whale series. Go check out the feature and her neat blog!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Brookside Gardens, MD

Went bird watching today in and around Brookside gardens. Didn't see anything too exciting, just the usuals: a few different woodpeckers, white-throated sparrows, cardinals, etc. But still a nice trip.

This song sparrow had a very pretty song and was really the only decent bird shot I got. The photos I got of the white-throated sparrows are decent enough to paint from - they are attractive birds, maybe I'll paint one soon.

The earliest blooming plants were out and that was nice to see.

A patch of snowdrops


Helleborus

Witch hazel is fun to photograph. I think I want one in my yard at some point. Here are a few shots of it.




This was a flowering bulb I don't remember seeing before called Winter Aconite. Low growing and very bright.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weekly Wildlife Photos

Some shorebirds for this weeks wildlife picks.

Oyster Catcher by Winnu. Some of the most amazing bird photos I've seen. A must see.

Piping Plover Chick by William Dalton. Wonderful collection of wildlife and outdoor photos.

Black Skimmers by Brett NJ. Really nice collection of New Jersey wildlife.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Studio Tuesday Interview

Vintage Indie featured me as their artist of the week. Check out the feature and my interview here!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Windy Fossil Hunting Trip

I made it out to the Chesapeake Bay yesterday to hunt for some shark teeth and other fossils. The wind was pretty brutal, but it was a good trip - one of the best trips I've had to this particular location. Maybe all the recent snowstorms helped.

I found several good sized Snaggletooth Shark teeth - which is the largest tooth in the photo below.


Here are the days finds. The highlights include a large Sand Tiger tooth (the long tooth next to the glass) and the largest Ray teeth plate I've found (the comb looking thing in the center).


The sand tiger tooth - almost an inch and a half - made the trip a success.