This week I finished a few more illustrations for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. First are monarchs (Danaus plexippus) and their host plant milkweed; in this case it is narrow-leaved milkweed (Asclepias fasciculatus).
The next is Nipomo lupine (Lupinus nipomensis), which is federally listed as endangered and is endemic to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. LCSLO has been working to save this lupine, monitoring extant populations and improving habitat so that they can thrive.
An important method of improving habitat for Nipomo lupine is by reducing competition from perennial veldtgrass (Erharta calycina), an introduced species:
The interpretive panel illustrations I am working on for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County include a long horizontal panel showing the four habitat types in Black Lake Canyon Preserve. I’ve completed the draft of the first habitat, Coast Live Oak Woodland. Here’s a preview of the woodland landscape and species, with just a little more cleanup and rearranging to do before the labels and interpretive text are added.
And here’s a little of the process; these are the two sketches I used to develop the scene.
I’ve been working on some more birds for the interpretive panels to be placed in Black Lake Canyon Preserve for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.
Here are California scrub jay (Aphelocoma californica) and wrentit (Chamaea fasciata):
Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) and red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus):
Golden-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) and California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum):
And marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris) and California towhee (Melozone crissalis):
Here are a couple of toads, one western and one eastern. I’m missing California but excited about getting to know an entire new flora and fauna!
I’m in the midst of a series of paintings for interpretive panels to be placed in the Black Lake Canyon Preserve for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.
The American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) in the first photo and all of the birds (Pacific slope flycatcher, Empidonax difficilis; Southwestern willow flycatcher, Empidonax traillii; and Bell’s vireo, Vireo bellii) in the second photo are for the panels.
My Stebbins Cold Canyon fire recovery blog, Wildfire to Wildflowers, was featured in the Woodland Daily Democrat!
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)
Conference & Annual Meeting
July 3 – 9, 2016
Join us in sunny Santa Cruz, California, for the 38th annual Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ conference! This year’s rendezvous will be held at the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. We have an exciting week planned, with a wealth of experience and talent you won’t want to miss.
The three-day core event runs Monday through Wednesday and includes presentations by some of the top visual interpreters in the country, a portfolio sharing, a collaborative chalk mural event, and demonstrations of techniques.
As the Conference Chair this year, I promise this will be a good one!
GNSI 2016 Conference Website