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.