Toco Toucan

Toco Toucan

(Ramphastos toco) inspiration my computer restarted the other day and showed me a photo of a toucan. I was entranced by the bird’s bright colors. reference photo. I thought that the big beak must also be strong. Here’s a fact sheet. The beaks are strong, but also...
Chada the elderly Himalayan Brown Bear

Chada the elderly Himalayan Brown Bear

Inspiration I searched for “elderly endangered animals.” I found this Instagram post. Notes on the post: The bear in the video is “Chada,” an elderly Himalayan Brown Bear. “She was born in 1998, exploited by a circus, left in a small cage for seven years. Finally in...
sea otter friends

sea otter friends

inspiration: In an article on endangered species, I found the sea otter. Looking for images, I found a podcast interview with a researcher talking about how sea otters maintain vanishing kelp forests. They are considered a keystone species, a species on which other...
sunflower

sunflower

inspiration: For two months, I have been struggling. I have attempted paintings (a sloth and a warbler) and have been so unhappy with “unrecoverable errors” that I have trashed the results. I have wondered if I can no longer paint. I woke up this morning determined to...
mindful marks

mindful marks

Inspiration I didn’t get a painting done in January. Both my PCA and I were not feeling well during some painting days so that meant I didn’t paint. When I did paint, I was struggling with a painting of a sloth. I kept making “unrecoverable” errors – painting where...