It took just over 12 hours, but my tree frog is complete. I decided to explore the branch a bit further and incorporated some other textures and colours. I also added a bit of whimsy into the left of the picture. I really enjoyed drawing this one. Of course, I look at it and think I would do things differently if I did it again. But sometimes, you need to stop and share.
Hi everyone, another couple of updates. I plan to finish this piece in the next week. I haven’t decided on what to do with the branch. Part of what you see in the 2 images is some of the playing/exploration I do.
I spent the last week or so working on this toad. It was drawn on an 2017 iPad Pro 10.5 using the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. I used mostly airbrushes in the app but did dabble with a couple of others. The reference photo was one I had taken of the frog sitting in a bird bath.
New art gallery page announced call “My Art”. All my art in one spot.
We have been lucky enough to find other moths and butterflies like the eastern black swallowtail. The eastern black swallowtail is a beautiful butterfly that frequents our region from mid-summer to early fall. As with most butterflies, they begin when the female butterflies laying eggs on certain plants. In this case, they prefer parsley and other plants as opposed to the milkweed which monarchs enjoy.
My daughter found an egg a number of months ago. Once it hatched, she fed it everyday a healthy diet of parsley. It entered the chrysalis phase just over 2 weeks ago. The chrysalis changed colour over the last day and we knew by the transperency that today was the day.
Here is a video of the butterfly emerging. I was disappointed she turned the other way but it is still amazing to think they know exactly what to do.
A few hours later my daughter confirmed it is a female and we released her outside. Here she is being a little bit lazy but probably working on attracting a male.
As the level 6 students played their beautiful pieces in the hot and humid church, this bat thought it would join us. It flew around the church for a couple hours while the students played on.
The kids were mesmerized but a few parents had to quickly evacuate the building 🙂
Spotted this little ant working in its wings. Nature is amazing. But, if it was me and I could fly, I wouldn’t be ripping off my wings.
However, we also have 5 duck houses around our pond. Duck houses are typically inhabited but mergansers or wood ducks. These ducks are cavity nesters and rely on us to fill the boxes with shavings we get from a local pet store. We have 5 nest boxes and all of them will see use this year.
Now that the boxes are ready, they should arrive in a couple weeks once the water is exposed again.
(a couple of our 5 duck houses)
(the holes are quite large)
(full of shavings, ready for them to make it their own)
The exhibit ends April 24, 2016, so there is still time to catch it.
If you can’t make it, here is a meditative video I made from some of the slow motion video I captured, as well as some pics from today. Enjoy!