Last Saturday a small group of us went to the Raptor Center at the U of M campus and saw some fabulous birds. All of the critters there are injured or otherwise can’t be released back into the wild.
The volunteers were beyond great and let us sit in their back room to draw and also gave us a tour free of charge. I ended up giving them the top sketch as a thank you.
They are celebrating their 40th anniversary, so if you’d like to visit the Raptor Center or learn more, you can find out more info here
Though I would recommend waiting to visit after the state fair is over because the traffic is a bit bad.
You can also keep up to date on our Sketch-a-Way events around the Twin Cities here
Please check out Rachael’s tumblr over yonder and follow her for lots of watercolor awesomeness.
Seriously, the volunteers at the U of M raptor center are fabulous people!
Make sure to take a look at all of Miss Kim’s delightful work before you go!
Great treasures often come in beaten up looking parcels.
Warm up doodle before book work.
Nose to the grindstone! Come September, this blog will have lots of art again!
For now, here’s Rufus exploring his new world. He’s a skinny/werewolf guinea pig so he doesn’t have a whole lot for fuzz on his body.
I’m in the home stretch now, just a few weeks left until the big deadline for the latest book (sneak peaks still to come!). But finally I have been able to whip up a quick painting doodle to share! Hoorah!
As some of you know, I have a small clan of rats living with me, and I am happy to announce the newest addition to the family: a werewolf guinea pig by the name of Rufus. Werewolf - or skinny - pigs are nearly completely hairless guinea pigs, it’s an uncommon genetic variety, and the hair tends to be rougher and curly. I’m still getting to know Rufus, but he distracts me enough with his wonderfully strange looking self that he was the topic of my doodle this afternoon.
(ps - For anyone who may be wondering: No, the rats and guinea pig do not live in the same cage. They get their own homes. Rather like neighbors really)
CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME POSTCARD I GOT FROM RACHAEL BALSAITIS! I’m so excited to have done another swap through Postcard Club, there’s nothing better than getting art in the mail. Thanks for sending me this Rachael, and helping me make my studio a more colorful (and adorable) place!
(My half of a postcard swap with Ms King!)
Look at the beautiful thing I got in the mail from the talented Kelsey King! Through the awesome Postcard Club, I’ve started a small but valuable collection of hand made postcards from some pretty talented individuals, and I’m really proud to add this one to my stash of art stuff!
A toady-salamandery-dragony thing with its hungry eyes on those pesky flies.