I've been watching this Red-bellied Woodpecker in my backyard the past week. For some reason he didn't like this mourning dove hanging around. He doesn't mind the smaller birds, but he tried to shoo off the dove.
The third illustration I did for the upcoming holidays. A pine marten up in a tree. This was a tough one to get right, it took a bit of doodling and several drafts to get right, even the colors were a bit difficult. But I was finally happy with this result.
I love weasels and their kin, which pine martens fall into. Eventually I will probably do the whole family. So far I have this one, a sea otter, and a white ermine. I think that would be an interesting series.
Recent illustration of a Snowshoe Hare, in it's white Winter coat! Glowing Aurora overhead!
I've spent the last several weeks drawing illustrations for this years Christmas cards. I've just finished up the last one, and will be featuring them all here over the next couple weeks. I had fun painting the Northern Lights for several of this year's cards. It's an interesting and challenging subject to portray, especially in watercolor.
My newest illustration. A whale shark, which I've had in the back of my mind for a while now. In Madagascar Whale Sharks are known as Marokintana, which translates to "many stars". This name was the inspiration for this illustration. A star covered ocean giant, swimming under a star filled sky.
I did a little experimenting painting a bit of the Milky Way, which will show up in another illustration I have planned.
I always have a lot of fun translating different animals into this simplified style. This was an interesting challenge, finding a way to portray these different owl species. I ended up putting more detail into these than i typically do. I'm happy with the result and I think each one ended up unique from the others. This illustration features a variety of North American owl species, each labeled in handwritten text.
Prints are in my 100 Owls shop: 13x19 Owl Chart
I just added my little series of ducks drawings to the website, six illustrations for now. Below is my favorite from the series, an American Wigeon.
5x5" Duck Prints available in my Etsy Shop! Mix and match from the six illustrations and create your own set. Printed on a nice heavyweight etching art paper. I think it would make a cute little series for a nursery!
I spent last week at the beach, birdwatching, beach combing, and relaxing. Here are a few of my favorite bird shots from the trip.
A recently finished whimsical ocean illustration. This one with a large Humpback whale, cownose rays, a spotted ray, sea turtle, and lots of colorful fish.
Ink and watercolor - 11x14"
Available as an 11x14 limited edition print in my Etsy shop: Humpback Whale Print
Happy New Year! Today I'm sitting inside, enjoying the snow, and thinking about past and future Maine trips. Here are a few photos from trips of the last couple years. This was taken on the Rockland - Vinalhaven Ferry. In the distance, Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.
Also check out my new mapped Pinterest board that I've been experimenting with. Midcoast Maine in photos and art: http://www.pinterest.com/studiotuesday/midcoast-maine-in-photos-art/
It's become a bit of a tradition and a lot of fun to draw new Holiday cards every year. This year's includes penguins, belugas, and a weasel, along with new owls for my 100owls shop. Also exciting is this year I have enough designs to create fun mixed sets of all the card illustrations I've done. Check out all the different ones here in the card section!
The owls have been fun too. I have two new cards designs for this year and did a bit of scrambling to finish up 12 new illustrations for the much requested 2014 Owl Calendar. Here is the card section of the 100owls shop.
This is a little watercolor study I painted a few days ago. A White Admiral butterfly, painted life size - about 3.5 inches wide. The original is available in my Etsy shop: Original Butterfly Watercolor
A new commissioned watercolor portrait of a black cat. This was a fun composition to paint. Happy with how the paw came out, and the eyes. The eyes are always my favorite part to paint in pet portraits. It was also a fun one because it looks like my own cat, Tintin.
8x10 custom cat watercolor in the shop
Here is a photo of the cat. She was a stray that, according to the owner, showed up and made herself at home. It looks like she found a pretty good one.
And here is Tintin. In his new favorite bed, a tomato box.
I've been working on taking some new photographs of my prints for my shop. Here are a couple watercolor prints. Below, a starfish print.
This is one of my seashell prints. A print of jingle shells from the New Jersey beaches.
Of course, the cats were really interested in the staging area - so here is Tintin as well.
Limited Edition Print in the shop
An underwater illustration of the Amazon River, with a black caiman, manatee, turtle and fish. 8x10" watercolor and ink. I find green can be a tricky color to work with sometimes. I like how the greens turned out in this one though. Also pleased with the alligator guy, it's always fun to draw new animals.
We made one boat trip while in Maine, from where we stayed on Hog Island out to Eastern Egg Rock to drop off research interns and look for puffins. It was a cold and wet trip and the poor interns had to unload and row to the island in the rain and choppy water. A fun trip though and we did see some puffins and seabirds.
Hog Island to Eastern Egg Rock.
Eastern Egg Rock - Puffins, Terns, and Guillemots.
Back from Maine! Had a great time on Hog Island in the rain and fog. Going through my pictures tomorrow. But for now here are a few snaps from my phone.