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