Sunday, August 28, 2011

Razorbill egg painting

Working on a new landscape painting today. Hurricane Irene has passed. We didn't get much except some wind and steady rain all night. Still a little windy and wet outside.

This is a watercolor I did the other day of a Razorbill Egg. A seabird related to the extinct Great Auk. I like painting from life as much as possible, but this was done from photos I took at Matinicus Rock.

And a somewhat blurry photo of a Razorbill we saw at Egg Rock.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Puffin art

A new watercolor for Project Puffin. A lot of the Puffins I saw in Maine were in the water like this, swimming around the nesting islands.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Troublesome Owl Illustrations

My new project over at is going well. Slow, but steady. Owls, i've found, are fairly difficult to draw. Here are two new illustrations.

After I thought this illustration was finished (but not completely happy with it) it sat for over a month before I picked it up again and reworked parts of it. I think it's one of my favorites now, I'm especially happy with the depth and color.

The Great Grey Owl was tough to figure out how to draw in this style. But otherwise this one went smoothly. I started watercoloring this piece not exactly knowing what I wanted it to look like - usually this means I would be starting it over. After a few light washes I liked how it looked and quit. The snow added the rest. Sometimes spatter, texture, and weather can make or break the illustration.

Also a new shop!

An extension of my main Etsy shop, this one is for all my owls.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Busy Weekend

Just a quick studio shot of some fun orders that went out this week. I should have new art to post soon - I need to paint more seabirds to restock my show in Maine! For now I'm enjoying a rainy Sunday, drawing indoors.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Shark Week

A new illustration of sharks , pilot fish, and a coral reef. Happy shark week!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Puffin watching

On my first boat trip out to see the puffins, I was told to look for "flying footballs" to spot them. Sure enough when we pulled up to the island little football birds started flying past. Chunky and cute little guys.