Thursday, June 17, 2010

When your bird is broken, will it bring you down?

I needed to do some watercolor sketching. I always have a problem mixing greens, so I wanted to practice, but I didn't want to paint leaves or landscapes. So, here we have a group of seven green species of birds, partially inspired by the Beatles' song "And Your Bird Can Sing" (You say you've seen seven wonders, and your bird is green.)

Featured are the green magpie (the real one has such a more spectacular shade of green on its head I had no idea how to mix), green aracari, green kingfisher (his bill is way too thick), green pygmy-goose, green woodpecker, green jay, and green oropendula. I tried to sketch them quickly as though I was seeing them in the wild. Birds, why must you be so attractive but hard to paint?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Last Course

With these five, I have posted 100 different mammals eating. Whew!

This is a Peary caribou, a subspecies of caribou with a white coat. I like push-ups too!

A Sulawesi palm civet with an artichoke. This is one of my favorites out of all of the paintings.

A tricolored disk-winged bat eats a spoon full of rice. Note the suction cups on the wrists and feet.

Hutias are another grayish rodent. But they deserve love too! She has a wax bean.

If you know me, you could probably guess what mammal #100 would be. Greater bilbies have become "my" animal. I love cupcakes too, so she has one (mmm, red velvet). Hooray!

Thanks for indulging me in this repetitive phase. When I started, I had hoped that I'd paint 100 mammals from 100 different families. Well, taxonomy is an ever-changing science, so by using different (sometimes outdated) sources, I ended up repeating a few. I may go back and paint more so I can have 100 different families. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Almost finished eating!

A long-crested free-tailed bat with some macaroni and cheese. Nature has some cool hairdos!

This is a Northern Luzon giant cloud rat. With a fried egg.

Silky anteaters are one of my favorite animals. I like when they cover up their faces with their little hands.

This is a chinchilla rat, though I think I made her a bit too chubby. Well, she eats yogurt so she's trying to be healthy.

This red titi monkey has a little slice of squash to eat. I gave her purple nails too.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Yummy, yummy, yummy

An olingo with a honey bun. I used to love these warmed up in the microwave (the pastry, not the procyonid!)

This is not a shark, even though it looks like one. It's a dwarf sperm whale. These are one of the few mammals that I don't think are very cute. Sorry, sperm whales! Enjoy your crab legs anyway.

This tuco tuco must have something to celebrate, with her glass of Martinelli's sparkling cider.

Here's another obscure one: a Chilean shrew opossum. They have chunky tails. She has a Twinkie.

A red-fronted lemur with some asparagus.