Sunday, July 31, 2011

Puffin Colony and Ocean illustrations

A new puffin illustration. Watercolor and ink. Drawn after my visit to Maine and the Puffin colonies. This one in particular was inspired by my trip out to Matinicus Rock, one of the Puffin nesting islands.

We spent about 10 hours out on boats this day. First on a ferry to Vinalhaven, an island populated by mostly fishermen, and then on a lobster boat, which dropped off supplies and researchers at two of the Puffin islands. I was lucky enough to go ashore on Matinicus Rock and view the Puffins and Terns nesting there (and climb the lighthouse). The illustration was inspired by how the Puffins would gather together in little groups. I never knew they huddled so close together.

Also, here are two commissions that were a lot of fun to draw. Deep and Shallow Ocean Scenes.

Deep Ocean: Vampire Squid, Angler Fish, Eel, Plankton, and various Jellyfish

Shallow Sea: Octopus, Nautilus, Seahorses, Coral, Crabs, Anemones, Jellyfish, Starfish, Seaweed, and Fish

Monday, July 25, 2011

Maine Lighthouses

Here are just a few lighthouses we saw in Maine. Had a lot of fun driving around and seeing them. I plan to paint them, which will keep me busy for quite a while.

Curtis Island Lighthouse in fog.

Marshall Point Lighthouse (above and below). I visited all the close ones in foggy and clear weather for some different pictures.

Owl's Head Lighthouse from the ferry

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Fun tide pools and rocks to explore.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Curtis Island Lighthouse watercolor

This is Curtis Island Lighthouse, which sits on a little island at the entrance to Camden's Harbor.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maine Trip - Wildlife and sea birds

Saw a lot of great wildlife in Maine. Which included Puffins of course.

We visited 3 islands where they nest. The pictures above were taken on Matinicus Rock where I got to go ashore for a bit. This day we spent 8 hours on ferries and a lobster boat - a very fun adventure.

Also saw a lot of other cool seabirds, including this Murre (below).

Other fun wildlife included Seals, Minks, Loons, Eagles, Razorbills, Petrels, Cormorants, and Eiders.

Arctic Terns nesting on Matinicus Rock. Below is the baby tern i got to hold.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Puffin Linocut

A great trip to Maine, visiting seabird and Puffin colonies. And a lot of cool lighthouses. More about it later.