'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

In the Beginning

....there was a sketch. And the sketch seemed to have potential.  And the artist smiled.

(I did this on my new iPad.  Using an app called 'Paper'. )

I have done something similar before, and it was quite successful:

Naturalist's Diary Page. (Godwit Series).
I like exploring the elements of the Godwit's surroundings up in Alaska, their lowland tundra nesting grounds.  For a start, in their breeding plumage they are so much more brightly coloured than their umbers and grays down here in New Zealand.
And when I add some of their significant food and predators, all burgeoning in the fast albeit short Alaskan summer, it's a recipe for a colourful and interesting piece of art.  The writing is the kinds of things I imagine, from my extensive readings, that an early naturalist might write...


  1. That looks just about as comprehensive as it could be. The only thing I find missing in most of my 'bird books' is how long the birds live! Don't tell me you have that in there as well. Great work.

  2. Actually Cro, it's only one of about 30 pieces for my Godwit Series exhibition. With them all, tho' I reckon I've pretty much got the species covered.

  3. I think that's GREAT!! I have a birding friend who'd probably love a piece like that. She loves lapwings.

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