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Latest Art

    My oils class is over. After paint­ing the white eggs on a white back­ground, we painted the same red apple on two dif­fer­ent back­grounds, red and green. Then we painted the same limes on two dif­fer­ent back­grounds, green and red. This exer­cise was pri­mar­ily to demon­strate the power of com­pli­men­tary colors. We switched...
The Journal Is Out!

The Journal Is Out!

  The long-awaited arti­cle about Crepidula for­ni­cata L., the slip­per snail, has been pub­lished! I wrote about it before, but wasn’t allowed to post images of my illus­tra­tions until the Jour­nal of Shell­fish Research printed the arti­cle. Dr. Sandy gen­er­ously gave her editor’s copy to Johann. He was thrilled. We were excited to finally see the...
Do You Think You Will Get A Titanium Spine?

Do You Think You Will Get A Titanium Spine?

Life doesn’t turn out how you think it will. I was injured in a car acci­dent 18 years ago. My spine hasn’t been the same since. I still believe I was lucky. My seat belt kept me from being killed. I was in the best phys­i­cal shape I’ve ever been in at the time of the...
Winter Gratitude Journal

Winter Gratitude Journal

I have kept a grat­i­tude jour­nal for the past sev­eral years now. The harder times get, the more I work at my prac­tice. It’s dif­fi­cult. Some days I have trou­ble doing it, but I keep try­ing. And I make it a point to find at least one event that hap­pens each day for which I...
New Adventures in Scientific Illustration

New Adventures in Scientific Illustration

The slip­per snail will be get­ting some good press soon. My first bit of news is that the paper Eric, Johann, and I worked on with Dr. San­dra Shumway and Dr. Evan Ward enti­tled “Obser­va­tions on Feed­ing in the Atlantic Slip­per Limpet, Crepidula for­ni­cata L., with Spe­cial Ref­er­ence to the ‘Mucus Net’ ” will be pub­lished...
Our New Work of Art

Our New Work of Art

Johann and I decided to declare the frame project offi­cially fin­ished. We wanted to keep adding to it, but at a cer­tain point, every new item we tried to put in made another one fall out. We had to get cre­ative just to get the last few finds to stay and keep the old pieces...
Fall Foliage Sweater

Fall Foliage Sweater

Johann’s favorite color is orange. If I could find enough orange clothes, I expect he would be very happy wear­ing only orange every day. So when­ever I am shop­ping for any­thing, be it jour­nals or clothes or yarn, I keep an eye out for all things orange. When I came across Knit Picks’ Pre­ciosa Gin­ger...
Adventures in Oil Painting

Adventures in Oil Painting

Ear­lier this sum­mer I com­pleted the final project for my begin­ner oils class. I chose to paint three onions. I strug­gled with it and the shad­ows are a lit­tle dark, but I think it turned out fairly well over­all for my third oil painting. My land­scape oil paint­ing class this semes­ter has been so much...
Purple Iris

Purple Iris

I just fin­ished my first draw­ing of an iris. Most of the time that I was draw­ing I felt some­what frus­trated, because every time I got fresh flow­ers, they would open so quickly, I didn’t have time to get the line draw­ing fin­ished before the flower’s posi­tion changed. I started over sev­eral times. Even­tu­ally, I...
Volunteers

Volunteers

Our gar­den is five years old. You can see how it looked here, after we’d spent quite a bit of time sift­ing dirt, weed­ing, and clear­ing out trash, rocks, and gravel. I regret that we didn’t get any spring pic­tures of the gar­den this year, but you can see what it looks like now. The...
Nature Collage

Nature Collage

In look­ing for new ideas for fun activ­i­ties to do with Johann, I saw a wooden frame with pegs and string in Magic Cabin cat­a­log. You weave finds like pinecones and leaves in between the string wound around the pegs. When you’re done, you have your own unique nature col­lage. It made me think of...
Beginner Oil Painting

Beginner Oil Painting

Right after the Fun­da­men­tals of  Sci­en­tific Illus­tra­tion I class ended, my begin­ner oil paint­ing class began. We weren’t required to get the same level of detail with the paints as with the graphite in this class. That will be later with more advanced courses. The pur­pose of this class was just to learn the basics....