Back before our lives were devoured by semester finals, I went to the zoo (again!). Here are some pictures I took on that gloomy April day, and a sketch of one of the snow leopards that was out and pouncing about.
The polar bears were having a sleepy day.
This macaque was in a territorial dispute with some Canada geese.
The red-river hogs were hard at work, snuffling.
Drawing a snow leopard is like drawing any cat, if that cat was also wearing a snowsuit.
It's almost June! Do you have any grand plans for the summer?
I finally got a few days off and spent some time painting and drawing. I'd been thinking about doing a piece about Samson and Delilah for a while but wasn't sure what part of the story to focus on. The narrative is elaborate and covers a number of stories.
One is about how Samson kills a lion with his bare hands and later notices the bees making honey and he comes up with a riddle:
"Out of the eater, something to eat,
Out of the strong, something sweet."
This story has been the subject of a few traditional folk songs, one of them was arranged by the Grateful Dead.
My brother Nick is trying to make a new short film and he's using kickstarter to get some support. Nick is offering some of our giclee prints as rewards for backers of $50 or more. Among them are two of Liz's (8.5" x 11.5" and 6" x 8"):
and some of mine, including: full-size prints of "Xylocopa" and "Simone" (15.5" x 24"),
"Kew Gardens from the north-east" (8" x 14"),
"5-horned Goat" (11.5" x 11.5"),
and "2-headed Rat" (6" x 11.5").
For backers who contribute $10 and up, they're offering all kinds of fun rewards including original music by local bands, film credits, DVD's, free screenings, press kits, a virtual Q&A, and lots more... check out the kickstarter page for more info.
I was back home recently and spent some time with our crazy boxer, Mapes, who hasn't made it up on this blog yet, which is surprising considering the amount of animals in our posts: