Monday, November 12, 2012

Northern Lights Illustration

A new illustration of the Northern Lights and an Arctic Fox. I tend to work pretty fast, but was one of those pieces that stayed in the studio for a while. It took a bit of work to get the sky looking right.

The Northern Lights remind me of Christmas, so the idea was always for this one to be a Christmas Card.

Northern Lights Christmas Cards
Northern Lights Print

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Exploring a foggy Maine island

Some images from my trip to Maine this year. These are from Hog Island in the Muscongus Bay. We stayed at the Audubon camp on the island for several days.

Beautiful fog the first couple days. Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Eiders, Loons, and Guillemots.

As usual, spent lots of time exploring the beaches and tidal zones.

Lobster boat from Bremen going out to work.
Below - moss, lichen, and old man's beard everywhere.

We also found wild Orchids. I've wanted to see them in the wild since I became interested in plants, so seeing these was a highlight. I didn't even know they grew this far north.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Owl illustrations

Yesterday I spent the day drawing owls. So I added a couple new things to the 100 Owls Shop.

The first is a Barn Owl print. This one has a field full of haystacks and a starry sky. Haystacks are quite fun to draw.

The other is a Snowy Owl Christmas card. It's simple and fun, a Snowy Owl and falling snow.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Egrets at the Wetlands Institute, NJ

From my New Jersery Trip. This is at the Wetlands Institute. Lots of Egrets this year.

A Snowy Egret with his "yellow galoshes".

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sea Turtle drawing

Every so often, since I started drawing these animals, someone will ask if I have any sea turtle illustrations. So this one has been a long time coming, partly for that reason but also because I think they are such neat animals. Not the easiest creature to draw though, this one took a lot of sketching.
I was very pleased finishing this one up, but my wife thought something was missing (she usually has the final look over stuff). I agreed (though reluctantly, since it is always nerve wracking to add stuff at that point). After some contemplating the palm trees became a little last minute addition.

Sea Turtle
Ink and Watercolor
Sea Turtle art print 5x7 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Birding: American Oystercatchers

Just got back from my week at the beach. We saw a lot more American Oystercatchers this year. Now I know where to look for them. Here are a couple of them at a tidal pool. They really stand out in the mixed flocks of shorebirds.

American Oystercatchers
Stone Harbor, NJ

Monday, August 20, 2012

Animal illustration

Deciding on some different animals to illustrate. Any thoughts? You can vote at my facebook page:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Firefly illustration

Just experimenting with a little firefly illustration. I love when they come out in the evenings, one of the best parts of summer.

Fireflies illustration
watercolor, ink, guoache

Monday, August 13, 2012

A summer walk

Went tromping around some meadows with the binoculars yesterday evening. Didn't see too many birds, but there were a lot of butterflies. Yellow Swallowtails, Black Swallowtails, Monarchs, and many smaller ones I don't know the names of. I will have to get a nice butterfly guide sometime.

An Eastern Towhee singing from the top of a cedar was the birding highlight. Also some goldfinches, a Pheobe, and Turkey Vultures soaring overhead. I guess it will be another month till the warblers come though.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Black Cat Watercolor Painting

I painted this watercolor portrait of my cat, Tintin, last week. I don't think Tintin is a typical black cat. His fluffy, shorter than average tail sticks straight up most of the time. He loves to eat lettuce. He knows his own name and, like any good cat, enjoys finding amusing places to nap. He also likes to do (hilarious) somersaults and slowly amble around like a miniature bear.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

American Oystercatcher - shore bird art

I guess this illustration might be coming a bit late in the year, but I'm just getting in the mood for the beach. I'm taking a late summer vacation at the beach in a few weeks. I love going to the shore late in the summer. It's a nice time of year there and there are a lot of neat birds around. I always get in the mood to go birding when I am out there.
This is a illustration I finished up yesterday of an American Oystercatcher. It is a larger shorebird and has a bright orange beak and eye ring. I drew this one at the shore line with starfish and sea urchins, where you often see them wading for oysters and mussels and such.

The inspiration for the illustration. A tidal marsh at Stone Harbor where I've seen Oystercatchers, Herons, Terns, Sandpipers, Plovers, and other shorebirds.

A mixed flock of different Terns and shorebirds.
I haven't done much bird watching this year. Can't wait to get out the binoculars and leave for the shore!

As usual, you can find prints in the shop:
American Oystercatcher 5x7 Print

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Elephant Seals - Animal Illustration

Been busy with commissions and illustration work. Here is a recent animal commission of Elephants Seals. It's a larger 11x14" illustration.

Make sure to click for the larger size, I think it makes all the difference on this one.

Also a new illustration for my 100 owls project. 3 owlets in a tree. You can read about it on the 100 owls website.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Lighthouse Art

A Chesapeake Bay illustration seemed overdue, since i do live nearby. This is Thomas Point Shoal Light, near Annapolis. It is a screwpile, a quintessential Chesapeake lighthouse. Accompanied by some other common Bay sights... sailboats, gulls, jellyfish and a crab.

watercolor and ink. 2012
8x10 lighthouse print

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Underwater Amazon illustration

My newest commission. Manatees and mangrove trees in the Amazon. The over/under scenes are very fun to imagine and design.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Luna Moth Watercolor Illustration

As promised, here is my watercolor of the Luna Moth I saw in Maine. It was quite fun to paint and such a nice shade of green I don't get to use too often. I love the fern antennae.
A little series of colorful moths would be fun, don't you think? 

Luna Moth Print in my shop

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fishing Gear

Check out this neat article about portable fishing gear on Etsy's blog. My fishing lures print was featured in it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Trip to Maine

Had a great time in Maine. Saw a lot of neat things and got a lot of fun ideas that I'm excited to paint.

On Hog Island

A little harbor at Owl's Head

Really cool Luna Moth. This will be fun to paint. Love the fern antennas.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lobster Buoys Watercolor Painting

Lobster Buoys
11x14" - watercolor and gouache

My newest painting, an illustration of lobster buoys. It was a lot of fun finding the different types of buoys to include and choosing all the colors. Two of these I bought in Maine at a roadside antique store - the large yellow and black one and the narrow orange and green. The are both wooden buoys likely over 100 years old, and hand hewn/carved.

In Maine i learned buoys like the large yellow and black one were hung off of the boat and were color coded with the boat's lobster buoys. Supposedly the harbor master was then able to look through binoculars and make sure boats didn't steal from someone else's lobster traps.

I painted this with a combination of watercolor and gouache. Gouache is a new medium for me. I bought my first set of gouache paints a couple months ago. It's pretty similar to watercolors and i think I've picked it up pretty well, but I see it has it's own tricks and subtleties. I hadn't originally planned on using gouache in this illustration, but it did a good job of portraying the layers of peeling paint. It's useful, I think I may use it more in the future.

Can't wait to make another trip to Maine in a month. It's given me a lot of inspiration this past year.

As usual, prints are in my Etsy shop
Buoy Print

Monday, April 23, 2012


I made a trip out to the Chesapeake yesterday and had a nice time looking for shark teeth. I found my first Megalodon tooth! It's small for a Meg tooth, about 1.5" - but still one of the larger teeth I've found.

Also finished this watercolor of jingle shells. It's a pretty loose watercolor and meant to be sort of a representational abstract. Not sure how many people know of this shell, but there are common on the New Jersey beaches. They are also known as saddle oysters, but we've always called them jingles - referring to the sound they make clinking together.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Quail Eggs watercolor

quail eggs watercolor painting

8 Quail Eggs - 5x7"
A new watercolor of quail eggs. I'm always fascinated by their different patterns. A little quicker and looser than I normal paint - fun to do something slightly different.

5x7" Print

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pirate Ship Illustration

I just added a new 11x14" print in my Etsy Shop. It's a fun illustration with a pirate ship and all sorts of sea animals.

My sister in law is an interior designer and I drew this for a kid's pirate room she is putting together, I will post more about that later - hopefully with some cool pictures.

Pirate Ship Illustration Print on Etsy

Here are some details.

Flags, sails, and a jolly roger

 The sea creatures include lots of fish, whale flukes, sharks, jellyfish, an octopus and turtle!