Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Keeping the Wild in Your Heart

I have had three wonderful opportunities recently to work with other artists on projects that required more than one kind of artistic talent.  The first was my Red-shouldered Hawk Territory book, a rewarding project involving a talented layout person and another artist who coordinated the printing.   (visit the link for more details)
The second was our Hummingbird Festival bookmark that was part of an advertising campaign for our 2012 Hummingbird Festival organized by our bird club at Ijams Nature Center as a fund raiser.   The beautiful book mark layout and printing was conceived and coordinated by another talented artist.  (visit the link for more details.)
In my most recent experience I was asked to create "muddy water" that was bubbling as though a turtle was diving into it.  And in a second painting, create a more detailed rendition of a Red-eared slider.  Above and below you can see these two paintings before they were converted into the beautiful exhibit panel they eventually became.  The muddy water was created on a 22 x 30 sheet of watercolor paper, and the turtle below it, on a half sheet, 22 x 14 inches.
Pam Petko-Seus, of Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, is the talented artist who conceived of this exhibit panel for the Center's Red-slider turtle exhibit, and Colin Hoffman, another exceptional artist at High Resolutions, was able to take Pam's ideas and make them into an exhibit panel aimed at teaching children and adults how to take care of our wild turtles--loving and admiring them without disturbing them.  
My job seemed the easiest to me!  
  

And here are some of the important facts that people should know when tempted to take a wild animal home with them:  
  • Capturing wild animals often threatens species survival in natural habitats and disrupts delicate ecosystems.
  • Wild animals spread disease.
  • Captive breeding does not take the wild out of wildlife.
  • Former pets rarely survive when returned to the wild.
  • Many animals are sold illegally, especially on the internet.
  • It is illegal in the state of Tennessee to possess native wildife without a proper permit. [This may be true in other states, as well.]


Upcoming:
One of My favorite Books:  Drawing and Painting Birds
I'm Getting Ready for Alaska!

Links and Resources:
Ijams Nature Center
2012 Hummingbird Festival
Red-shouldered Hawk Territory
Red-eared Slider

Ocean Trail at Rancho Palos Verdes Preserve, California--2015

Ocean Trail at Rancho Palos Verdes Preserve, California--2015

Joshua Tree National Forest, California, with son Chad and daughter Thuan--2015

Joshua Tree National Forest, California, with son Chad and daughter Thuan--2015
Photo credit: Thuan Tram

Bird banding with Mark Armstrong at Seven Islands State Birding Park - 2014

Bird banding with Mark Armstrong at Seven Islands State Birding Park - 2014
Photo courtesy of Jody Stone

Birds Close-up

Birds Close-up
Photo courtesy of Karen Wilkenson

Enjoying Gray Jays in Churchill, Manitoba

Enjoying Gray Jays in Churchill, Manitoba
Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Expeditions

A dog sled experience with Blue Sky Expeditions, Churchill, MB--2014

A dog sled experience with Blue Sky Expeditions, Churchill, MB--2014
Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Expeditions

Churchill, Manitoba--2014

Churchill, Manitoba--2014
Photo courtesy of Blue Sky

2014 Hummingbird Festival

2014 Hummingbird Festival
Photo courtesy of Jody Stone

Smithsonian National Zoo with one of my Whooping Crane art banners and son, John--2014

Smithsonian National Zoo with one of my Whooping Crane art banners and son, John--2014

Muir Woods on the Dipsea Trail at Stinson Beach, California--2014

Muir Woods on the Dipsea Trail at Stinson Beach, California--2014
Photo courtesy of Wendy Pitts Reeves

Checking out the gulls at Stinson Beach--2014

Checking out the gulls at Stinson Beach--2014
Photo courtesy of Wendy Pitts Reeves

Discovery Hike in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska--2012

Discovery Hike in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska--2012
Photo courtesy of Ruth Carter
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