Category Archives: ink and watercolor

Going on a Safari!

I recently completed a children’s book for my granddaughter,  using my Zambia trip photos and sketches for inspiration.  These are all original ink and watercolor sketches, then I used a finishing spray for protection.  Here’s a link to a short YouTube video.    Link to video

So many have said they’d like one, I decided to recreate it in a format that can be published. I know, I know, it’s a bold step for me!

But sure enough, I have been slowly made progress on the new, improved version.  Here’s a shot of what I have so far…  These images will be scanned and I’ll create a pdf in Indesign to submit for publication.Work in progress

I’m hoping to complete this and will try using Amazon for print on demand publishing, but I’m open to any suggestions for publishing it!

Art on display!

Lost Dog restaurant art display

15 pieces filled these two walls!

I’m rather excited to let you know my Africa paintings are now on display at the The Lost Dog restaurant in Binghamton, NY.

Stop by to check out these matted and framed paintings inspired by my trip to Zambia last year! Then stay to enjoy drinks and their delicious food! (My favorite is always the Greek Chicken.)

If your favorite one is already sold, you can always order a high quality print, signed by the artist!

Thanks so very much to everyone who encourages me to make art and to share it.  You are all the best! 💕

On the road in Maine – Part 3

Machias Seal Island –  as I mentioned, we were lucky just to get on the island, but I felt even luckier that we saw SO many puffins! They are one of the cutest birds. The Atlantic puffins are mainly found on islands along the coast of Maine. They have been described as a clown with wings!  And being so much fun to sketch, they are getting their very own post!

Puffins

Sketched in my new larger (8×10) Stillman & Bern alpha series sketchbook

Puffin flying

Their wings beat up to 400 times a minute, making them look like clumsy fliers!

Puffin closeup

Close up

Two puffins

Two together on a neighboring blind

Puffin feet detail

They were simply adorable!

On the road in Maine – Part 2

Machias Seal Island is a one hour boat ride from Cutler, Maine.  About 20 of us took the Barbara Frost with Captain Andrew Patterson, most with cameras with huge lens in anticipation of close-up shots of puffins and other birds.  It was not a sure thing that we would be able to land on the island – the rain and sea for the past three days did not allow it.

When we arrived, the sea was still too rough to chance it. Captain Andy was very clear that our safety came first. So, he took us around for another hour, near another island where we spotted seals and several different bird types. And at that point, he decided we would be able to land. Yay!

The Barbara Frost & eider ducks

The Barbara Frost and a pair of eider ducks

It took several trips back and forth to get all of us transferred, but there we were, at last, on the island! First, though, we were given firm instructions on how to walk up to the center.  The terns lay their eggs on the grass.  The terns are protecting their eggs. We need to walk on the grass.  (Do you see where this is going?)  We were given short sticks to hold above our heads and told “Do not stop. Do not swat at the birds. Do not go off the path. Just keep walking.” If you’ve seen Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, you’ll have an idea of what we went through!  We all looked the same going to use the outhouse:  Tern terror!

After all that, we took turns using the blinds and were able to get lots of photos, mainly puffins, but also so many others. It was great!  Here are some of my sketches from my photos.  Stay tuned for the puffin ones!

Common murres

Common murres  

Razorbills

Razorbills

Tern & Northern Gannet

Tern (top) & Northern Gannet

 

On the road in Maine – Part 1

My trip to Maine did not disappoint!

The first stopover was in Wiscasset, a lovely airbnb rental named The Sea Salt, song of the sea. It was so perfect, I wish I had more than one night there! Not only did they supply fresh flowers, pristine bedding, organic coffee, they also had wine for sale (only $10!) and it was one of my favorite cabernets! Oh, and to top it off, a freshly made blueberry muffin in the morning!  Blueberry muffin

The next day I went to a B&B, Riverside Inn. There was an error with my booking, so I was upgraded to an efficiency with a deck overlooking the East Machias River, where I spotted ospreys, a kingfisher and had an eagle pose upriver for me!

East Machias River

Looking up East Machias River

Day 3 allowed me extra time in the morning to visit Lubec, the easternmost town in the U.S.  There’s a small park, and a nice lighthouse.  Lubec lighthouse

But the main attraction was a cruise to Machias Seal Island to be able to see puffins up close!  My first experience in a blind, and they were right there, posing for us!  Puffin

Stay tuned for more trip results!

Maine, USA

Here is a trip I’ve been planning since the beginning of the year.  Acadia Park in Maine.

After reading up on things I don’t want to miss, I found out there are puffin tours!  Puffins are a type of ‘auk’ bird with bright beaks during mating season.  Near Acadia, there is only one company that has access to an island where you can see lots of them in season.  I checked in January, and they were booked for all of 2018!!  This is because there are limits to the number of visits allowed on the island.  I asked to be added to a cancellation list, and lucky me, I am signed up for a trip to Puffin Island!  (That’s not the real name!)

There is always the chance that weather may cancel that day’s trip, so I’m trying to stay calm (hah!) and not be too disappointed if it is.  If you’ve been following me, this anticipation is similar to my Moroccan ‘goats in trees’ and my Zambian elephants. For me, it’s so very hard to contain the excitement of a dream come true! 😵

So here is a small sketch to preview this trip. I hope you follow along and enjoy this voyage through my sketches!  Maine map

Great horned owlet

I follow our local Chenango Valley State Park on FB, and they recently posted a photo of a great horned owl and baby owlet. I’ve already gone there several times to check out the eagles, which are supposed to have an egg hatched recently.  So it wasn’t a matter of ‘if’ I was going to see the owls, but when!

Last Saturday, I got ther early, by 10am.  I went first to see the eagles nest, and met a runner who also stopped to look at the nest. I asked her if she knew where the owls were, and she did not.

So I took a walk, and on my return, I ran into a birder.  How could I tell? It would be the big binoculars and the cap that had a black bird and the words “RAVEN LUNATIC”. Easy to spot!  She gave me a detailed description of how to find the owls, and off I went.  Funny thing, on my way, the runner came back to find me, because she had also found the owls!  Raven lunatic cap

They were just sitting on a branch, the owlet covered in down, almost leaning on the mom. I got several photos and returned later with Jamey, who got me started on the whole eagle spotting.  It was only fair to share the owls with him!

Great horned owl and owlet

Great horned owl and owlet