flora and fauna, Holidays, Illustrations, Nature

Cornucopia for fall

I have always loved the fall season. September used to be my favorite month in elementary school. I remember the chilly mornings of New England and the changing of the leaves from greens to oranges and yellows and reds.
This is a tribute to the season. A thankfulness of great squashes like butternut, acorn and of course, the mighty pumpkin. Have a pumpkin latte and enjoy what the season brings.
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alphabet, animals, endangered animals, Illustrations, mexico, Nature, whimsy

Axolotl – the water monster

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     Axolotl means water monster among the Nahuatl tribeIt is possible to find this animal in the floating gardens of Xochimilco,a borough within Mexico City.  However, there arefewer specimens that actually exist in the wild. Most water monsters now live in aquariums throughout the world. I is often called a salamander. They are usually 20 to 30 cm. long.

The most striking thing about the axootl is not only its appearance and the variety of colors it comes in, but the fact that it is able to regenerate its own cellular tissues.  It can change its own colors. Due to water contamination and the use of this animal for medicinal purposes, there has been a huge decrease in its specimen count. It is almost extinct.

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fantasy illustration, landscapes of imagination, Nature, sci fi, storytelling art

World Exodus, Follow the Sun

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Another landscape of imagination came to me in a dream.  Imagine our world with no vegetation, no animals, no warmth from the sun.

The last vestiges of people march in robotic style towards a white sun, orange sky with tiny bright distant stars.

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fantasy illustration, flora and fauna, landscapes of imagination, Nature

Golden Sun, landscapes of imagination

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It is giving me a great piece of mind to paint strictly from my imagination. I am not sure why it is a healing and soothing activity, but I am enjoying it.  I adore this watercolor paint for its intensity and versatility.  It is pretty magical and powerful color.  the red lines are a red permanent ink done with a speedball nib.gold-quin-wc

animals, Illustrations, Nature

Yellow Koi Green Waters

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I’m painting more fish these days.  These koi are imaginary and don’t hold true as anatomically correct.  That is another reason they are a respite from “correct” drawing and are like a little vacation for me.   Koi are valuable and bred for their size and beauty.  How wonderful is that?  I am having fun with this so I’ll let it be.  The original will have some gold leaf to sparkle it up a little.  That is the next stage so for now, this will do.  I will try to remember to post the embellished version when complete.

I used a fine black marker and a fine white ink over the darks to enhance the patterns.  I love painting the deep water with transparent watercolors and tried to use motion and several thin layers to give a feeling of depth.

Here is a print on textile.