Yup, I admit it. I am just terrible about blogging. I can promise to do better but we’ll see.
In any case, exciting news. I’ve just been commissioned to paint four more hummingbirds. This will round out a set of Hummingbirds of the United States and Canada. Hooray! I’m excited to get started since I really love painting birds and hummingbirds in particular.
I’ve been hired by Sarah Hrdy to produce two images of hominins; one of very early tool users and another showing a cooperative family grouping. In this piece, I chose to represent Australopithecines, perhaps afarensis or sediba, using rocks to crack nuts. Notice how carefully the juvenile is watching the demonstrator. Working on these projects is the most fun I’ve had in ages. I had no idea I liked the human form so much. It’s fascinating to try and produce emotional expression through body language. Plus, I’m actually illustrating concepts from my own field of research. How great is that!
I met this lovely lady last week while on vacation in Northern Minnesota and took about a billion photos. My family thinks I’m nuts. I wouldn’t allow anyone to disturb this Mom and her babies so, for a whole week, during the peak of summer, no one but me dared to sit on one of three Adirondack chairs on the dock. Guess that is one way of reserving myself a nice spot!
I’ve been really wanting to do some pen and ink again so I pulled out my crow quills this weekend. I just love the intensity of the wet, black lines flowing from the point of the pen. I love being able to shape the lines with just the littlest bit of pressure. When you think about it, it’s funny to have such a sensuous experience while simultaneously dwelling on all the minutiae and detail in a subject like this bee!