New design - Sea Turtle swimming with school of Raccoon Butterflyfish
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans”
– Kahlil Gibran
My mind wanders a lot. It's no surprise then that I'm working on a dozen different ideas at the same time, inspired by everything and everywhere my mind goes. It seems like my focus changes daily - yesterday I was working on an abstract painting inspired by melting sea ice, today I'm drawing sea turtles and raccoon butterfly fish... tomorrow might be all about abstract colorful bird paintings. It's always different and I embrace that.
But sometimes a subject sticks with me for awhile. Sea Turtles seem to be one of those kinds of inspirations that lingers for long periods of time. In addition to their color and form, I just find them so fascinating: How they return to the same beach they were born to lay eggs, despite swimming thousands of miles away... how they can't actually retreat into their shells like land turtles, but still have the same overall shape. And how they have been swimming in the world's oceans for over 100 million years, continuously providing a critical part of the marine ecosystem. There is a beautiful mystery that surrounds them as they glide freely through the water.
So tonight, I created a new graphic inspired by the endangered green sea turtle swimming among a school of raccoon butterflyfish:
The green sea turtle is endangered due to bycatch, habitat loss, hunting, egg harvesting, and unfortunately, the rising temperature of the oceans isn't helping either. Fortunately, there are organizations like the World Wildlife Foundation and Association of Zoos & Aquariums that are creating programs to save sea turtles and offering opportunities that you can get involved with to make a difference.
New Clownfish illustration - Pattern & Single
Thanks to Finding Nemo, clownfish, scientifically known as Anemonefish, have had their 15 minutes of fame, or more like 30 minutes with Finding Dory. But these tropical fish deserve it. In addition to being quite beautiful, they have a super power! Clownfish are immune to anemone stinging tentacles, and in the wild they have a symbiotic relationship with certain anemone, where they both benefit from each others company for food and protection. Most people know clownfish as the Nemo type, orange with three white stripes across their heads and body. But there are thirty recognized types of clownfish, including black, reddish and yellow variants. And a dozen more or so that have been bred in captivity for aquariums.
These illustrations were inspired by the false clownfish. Similar to the orange clownfish, the false clownfish has a thinner black line between the orange and white stripes. I just really like the contrast of orange and white...
Check them out at my society6.com shop, if you want to carry around a clownfish or wear a clownfish.
New graphic illustration - Lounging Sheep
Over the past week, I have been biking up the coast of Western Ireland - part of a summer traveling around Europe that has taken me from Munich to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, UK, Whales, and now Ireland. Spending the last two weeks of the summer in Donegal, Ireland, where daily bike rides pass by grazing sheep. On the rare sunny day, they lounge out in the sun too. This little illustration was inspired by a talkative lazy sheep.
Available for prints here... and as products: