More Hummingbirds

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.

Teaching Art

Today I start teaching art at the Atlanta Montessori International School. I’ll be the school art teacher and will be teaching first through eighth grade. It’s a challenge that I am really looking forward to!

Black Star Hen

Black Star Hen

I’ve been wanting to paint or draw my chickens for quite some time.  So meet Dr. Pepper, the last and most ornery of my flock of chickens.

People Sketches

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I’ve been wanting to put together a portfolio of sketches of people and thought I would start with my niece and dog. It’s rather sweet!

First Hominins

 

Australopithecine Tool Users

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!