Sunday, January 22, 2012

Progress on the Naturalist's Journal project

Back in November, I wrote a short introduction to a new project - the Naturalist's Journal. I now have 5 completed watercolor paintings, and have started the sixth. But most exciting of all, my friend Jules Benbow has started working on the actual diary pages. These may eventually come together in a book. In the meantime, these are designed to be exhibited with the watercolor as the primary draw, and then excerpts from the naturalist's journal/diary, with little sketches added.

Jules developed a wonderful storyline, and even some characters who are on board the ship. Above is the painting of the hummingbird-elephant shrew. Jules has already come up with the taxonomical name for the creature. It eats flies attracted to the flower, and has sharp teeth. Like a shrew, it has a nasty temper.

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