Adapt: Wild Art 2021 – March

As part of the Wild Art 2021 March Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “Adapt”. While some artists focused on nocturnal animals and their unique adaptations, others focused on marine species that live in the depths! Each month, I am going to focus on two pieces – …

Start Planning Your Garden NOW!

It may be a little chilly out still, but it’s finally the time of year to start planning out your garden! As the winter fades into spring, we can think about seed starting, and drawing up plans to ready your home/garden for new plants. How do we start the planning process though? Ultimately, think about …

Intertwine: Wild Art 2021

As part of the Wild Art 2021 February Challenge, put on by Zoe Keller, I illustrated two pieces focusing on the theme, “Intertwine”. It’s always exciting to see how other artists interpret the challenge and create art. Some artists focused on the twisty nature of snakes, and others focused on octopus arms. Each month, I …

Extremes: Wild Art 2021

For 2021, an artist that I admire (Zoe Keller) decided to host a year-long challenge where each participant creates art based around a monthly theme. Not only does participating in this challenge help motivate an artist to continually create and improve, but provides a place (using #WildArt2021) for artists to discover other incredible artists in …

2021 Color of the Year – Illuminating

Bright Sunshine, Butterfly wings, Bird Plumage, and flowers…. What do these all have in common? They can be “Illuminating”, the Pantone Color of the Year! This year, Pantone selected 2 colors to represent 2021, and the combination is beautiful! PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements …

Explore the Gallery: Scientific & Botanical Illustrations

Marissa Jacobs, of The Art of Ecology, is primarily known as a nature and ecological photographer, however she also leads Botanical Illustration Workshops and is in the process of fully illustrating a book about pollinator morphology (projected to be available in early winter 2021)! Below is a sample of her illustration work. A portion of …

An Ecologist’s View of Dubai

Upon being asked to speak at a Global Leadership Summit in Dubai, UAE about photography and using it to tell a visual story, I immediately got excited. Of course I would want to do that! Not only would I be speaking at the conference, but I was also to be the event photographer. This gave …

Foraging For Wild Edibles & Etiquette

We all love the yummy veggies that come fresh from the garden in the summer (click here for more info on creating an edible garden), but did you know that you could be getting fresh, natural ingredients pretty much ALL YEAR LONG without having to garden?!  Throughout each season, various wildflowers, berries, leaves, tree bark, …

Tell the Time With Garden Blooms!

In past posts, I’ve talked about how pollinators are attracted to certain flowers, and even how flowers have adapted their coloration or structure to better suit pollinators. Did you know that humans, way back in the 1700s, thought about using that sort of botanical and ecological knowledge to OUR advantage? In 1751, Carl Linnaeus (the …

Classic Blue – Pantone Color of the Year

Sky, Water, Butterfly wings, Bird Plumage, and flowers…. What do these all have in common? They can be “Classic Blue”, the Pantone Color of the Year! This color was chosen after lots of careful thought, study, and trend analysis, by Pantone color specialists because: “A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is …