|So many possibilities...|
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
We've been having quite a bit of snow this past week, and there might be more on the way. Although I empathize with those who are confounded by the distinct lack of spring weather, it's been good to have the moisture -- as well as an imposed moment of beauty, suspending our overly-scheduled lives and giving us time to reflect on deeper, more important things.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I had this idea that I'd somehow be able to write all about our six week trip to New Zealand when we got back home, but as the days go on and life falls back into a more familiar pattern, I realize that it's a rather daunting task. We visited so many places, and experienced so many things that it was more of an expedition than an extended vacation. As an artist, I was visually overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the place, and felt that anything I tried to photograph or sketch to be inadequate by comparison... And now, as I sit down, looking at my notebooks stuffed full of scribbles and oddments found in various pockets -- phone numbers, shells, sea-worn stones -- I think, "How in the world can I describe it all, much less even a part of it?" We climbed volcanoes; we explored caves; we walked across boiling thermal pools and stood on top of a glacier. We hiked a 33 mile wilderness track, drove over 2900 miles, and encountered some of the rarest birds and animals in the Southern Hemisphere. It was, in short, amazing.
Hopefully over the next few weeks I'll be able to share more scans and photos, as time allows. Who knows? I might even find a way to express what I experienced in paint...
Monday, November 12, 2012
For some reason, I've always been drawn to the notion of a tree, how it silently endures so many things, season after season. There are some stately specimens that are hundreds, even thousands of years old. So when I learn of one's demise, whether due to fire, disease, or "progress", I'm humbly reminded that even a tree's days on the earth are numbered.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
This past weekend Chad and I drove down to Lafayette, Colorado for the booksigning session. It was great to finally see my illustrations in print, and to catch up with C.J. and his family.
Author C.J. Berry and his new book
We spent several hours meeting with various people and chatting about writing, illustrating, and birds, birds, birds. It was really neat to see people's reactions to Chris's story and the drawings that I'd worked on all those months ago.
Customers reading the first chapter
Since C.J. was signing copies, I signed them as well -- with a little drawing in each one. It ended up being a fun challenge, as I (perhaps not so wisely) offered to depict ANY bird that the readers wanted: sparrows, cardinals, owls, jays, a flicker, a nuthatch...even a penguin made its way onto the first page.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Earlier this year, as some of you may recall, I took on a book illustration project for local author C.J. Berry. Now I can happily report that it's published!
From the description on Amazon.com:
"Principalis, the very last of the ivory-billed woodpeckers, has carried the Staff of Aves and led the bird council in relative harmony for most of his life. Soon, his successor will be hatched from the cardinal family and the process will begin anew. This is the avian way. But now changes have come, and Principalis must find a way to bring all birds together, to adapt to the growing threats to their way of life. Tyto Alba, the disgraced barn owl in exile, feels differently. Now these differences have ignited a firestorm over why some birds feel they are better, more deserving, and rightful heirs to the Staff of Aves. Tyto’s long banishment from the council will end soon, bringing with it a new Tyto, a kinder, gentler, and much more devious Tyto. When the barn owl puts his wicked plan in motion, no bird is safe, especially Principalis and the newly laid egg of his successor."
It's an adventure story for the middle-school set, touching not only on epic "good" vs. "evil" themes, but also on how birds in real life are affected by weather, habitat loss, pesticides and other issues.
|Tyto the devious barn owl|
Today I'll be over at the first book signing at the Cannon Mine Coffee Shop in Lafayette, Colorado. If you're in the area, feel free to stop by for a chat, from 11AM to 1PM. I'll be bringing some of the original artwork over, and Mr. Berry with be available to discuss any questions about his story, or about the world of birds in general.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Painting the Northern Hotel in Old Town Fort Collins