Monday, August 20, 2012

Sweet Relish

A trip to Antigua, some painting updates both in progress and finished, that is what we learn today.....Hurray for learning!  Anyway, I attended a wedding for my very close pal(heh heh heh) and Marine Corps family member in Antigua.  A very cool and interesting island it is, armed with adventure at every turn and some beautiful beaches and birds.  Adventure might be an understatement of what went down the first two days on the island but I'll leave it at that.  I'll let you amateur gumshoes dig that one up.

The wedding was beach side on the northwest side of the island which had a nice little collection of birds.  Of those were; brown pelican, laughing gull, lesser antillean bullfinch, black faced grassquit, bananaquit, white crowned dove, zenaida dove, common ground dove, green throated carib, magnificent frigate bird(and it is), gray kingbird, carib grackle, and more.  To be honest, my research of the birds on that island was secondary to why I was there and was in short pathetic.  I have a lot of work to do but the few I did see will prove very important for upcoming projects.

By the way, airport food is a disgrace.  I ordered a veggie wrap that took quite a while to make and turned out to be consisted of only lettuce, cucumber, and sweet relish(I hate sweet relish).  Cheese was additional.  I'm sorry you had to read that last part but let ye be warned.  Travel on a full stomach.

As I said before I am very behind in posting images of artworks in progress and finished...

Friday, August 3, 2012

Forks and Spoons

It would be great if I could find a way to get my mobile device to work properly with this site.  Most of my down time is away from the computer and when I'm between places.  These moments I wish I could spend blogging but instead, I'm experiencing a log jam.

The past two months have been a very interesting time.  I'm questioning whether I should continue my masters at this time or perhaps pursue another bachelors in a different but related field.  I'm considering zoology.  It would put me in the field with the creatures I paint and encompass areas I already make time for, mainly, research.  I could collect my data, take pictures, and enjoy much time outdoors while being paid.  All these things I do anyway minus the getting paid part (except for finished paintings).  On top of that, I'm considering taking several scientific illustration courses although I'm not too sold on the idea yet.

Regardless which route I take, I'll still be illustrating so swallow this....
Just one of the paintings from this past two months.  This one is a header for the children's author Artie Knapp and his website  It's painted in Adobe Photoshop.