9 out of 12 birds I did in Micron pen and watercolor for my wedding. Instead of having table numbers we named tables after birds that are special to us. At each table was a print of the bird and a short story of why that bird is important to us. We are bird-watchers… does it make sense now that I tell you that?

Great Egret 5x7 acrylic on canvas.

Great Egret 5x7 acrylic on canvas.

theamazinggiants:

Stilting *Fire and More ! 

Eating fire at the Bluestone :) That was  a fun show to do.

I’m baaaaaack! Hello again dear, long, lost love tumblr! I have returned to the world of cyberspace after a surprisingly long stint of extreme busyness and life changes!

I figured my first post back should be a recap of my past 6 months. Firstly– I got married! Woohoo. Maybe later I’ll post photos of the vast plethora of wedding stuff I handmade and designed (which took up my entire summer).

Secondly– I’ve been working at the no. 1 zoo in America! Sorry, couldn’t resist a quick brag on behalf of our awesome zoo.

And various and sundry things such as getting my furry fella settled into life in an apartment, rescuing a stray cat ( and falling in love with and keeping said kitty despite a cat-disliking-but-very-angelic husband ), and teaching a class about opossums at the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association annual conference.

Phew. Okay. So now to work at that thing called art.

African Elephant! Again, it’s a little ways away from my usual bird paintings, but who doesn’t like elephants?
I know it looks like watercolor, but it is actually acrylic on canvas. I did a wash for the background, then did a pencil sketch on top of that. Then I filled in the shadow areas with very watered down acrylic. I think I was pretending that it was watercolor. Sometimes I’ve just got to paint on a canvas! Hence the acrylics!
I sold this fella at the art sale. Or rather, yesterday. A woman was torn between two paintings and bought the egret instead of the elephant. Then she called the day after and asked if the elephant had sold. This may sound silly, but I like it when I know my paintings are going to a good home. It’s like… giving up a little part of myself every time I sell or give away a painting. She was thinking about this guy even when she got home, so I know he’s a happy elephant now.
I think I’ve had too much caffeine…

African Elephant! Again, it’s a little ways away from my usual bird paintings, but who doesn’t like elephants?

I know it looks like watercolor, but it is actually acrylic on canvas. I did a wash for the background, then did a pencil sketch on top of that. Then I filled in the shadow areas with very watered down acrylic. I think I was pretending that it was watercolor. Sometimes I’ve just got to paint on a canvas! Hence the acrylics!

I sold this fella at the art sale. Or rather, yesterday. A woman was torn between two paintings and bought the egret instead of the elephant. Then she called the day after and asked if the elephant had sold. This may sound silly, but I like it when I know my paintings are going to a good home. It’s like… giving up a little part of myself every time I sell or give away a painting. She was thinking about this guy even when she got home, so I know he’s a happy elephant now.

I think I’ve had too much caffeine…

Brown Pelican acrylic painting. I had fun painting this! I usually paint more… normal-looking animals. This guy was just so gorgeous, I had to paint him! He is on 9x12 canvas.

Brown Pelican acrylic painting. I had fun painting this! I usually paint more… normal-looking animals. This guy was just so gorgeous, I had to paint him! He is on 9x12 canvas.

danielleverner:

Historiae Animalium by Conrad Gesner (1551-1587)

“Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals) is considered to be the first modern zoological work.  Building a bridge between ancient, medieval, and modern science, he chronicles data  from old sources, such as The Old Testament, Aristotle and medieval bestiaries, and adds his own observations, creating a new, comprehensive description of the Animal Kingdom.  In what is the first attempt by anyone to describe many of the animals accurately, the book is illustrated with hand-colored woodcuts drawn from personal observations by Gesner and his colleagues.”

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Northern Pintails. 10x30 acrylic on canvas. 

Northern Pintails. 10x30 acrylic on canvas. 

The Amazing Giants Promo Video

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