I’m a runner and it wasn’t always so. At first, I had asthma and internalized that because I required an inhaler to get past the hard parts, I couldn’t run. Then when I tried anyways in college, I did it too often with bad form and I developed runner’s knee so again, I thought that I couldn’t run. This year, I resumed my attempts and made the same mistake but this time I had a runner friend Leann to ask for help and the blessed internet. I slowed myself way down, switched to dynamic stretches, cross-trained, rolled out with a foam roller afterward, and reduced the frequency of my run.
Fortunately, third time seems to be the charm and now with stronger muscles and form that doesn’t make seasoned runners want to cover their eyes, I’m back to that lovely runner’s high.
I’m pretty excited, and off to go for a run now. I see my running as an example of continued effort and education paying off. I’m immensely proud of my running habit, and as it was on my mind today, I drew a sketch of that feel…when…your feet are taking you places you want to go.
I’m a podcast and audiobook addict. This is pretty awesome except when I’m on a tear (like now) where I lose some of the ideas that change my perceptions or actions short term. What I’m looking for is long term improvement and growth, so after giving some thought to it I decided to make myself posters.
It’ll be interesting to see which ones stick with me and stay relevant.
Every year I create a couple of holiday cards. This is one of them. My brief was, ‘puppy in the snow’ so I went with that and brought in a barcode scanner since the company is a point of sale hardware/software store. Usually, things are pretty conservative for their branding so it is nice to do something playful in the spirit of the season.
I’m workin’ on this “Holiday Hustle” campaign for a gym. They use a lot of kettlebells (among other things) and they’re running a special over the holiday season. I created this eye-catching graphic for it and I’ll share the poster when the sale goes live. The trainers are really nice and if you’re in Bham you should check EveryBody’s Gym out.
I was planning to make a shirt of this a while back but never got around to it. Today I decided I’d spend a few hours chatting with Kala and San while working on coloring it. This is my version of J27 Blackberry of the endangered southern resident killer whales, his name is Blackberry. It’ll be an 11×14 print for sale on the site when I’m done. Right now it is very rough but you can see the ideas I have for color.
For info on the amazing southern resident killer whales visit the Center for Whale Research
Or alternatively, you can read about my own experience coming to love these extremely endangered orcas.
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Based on Werewolf: The Apocalypse. This painting shows several packs of Garou cleansing their home, the sacred space of the Bawn.
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June is Orca Awareness Month! With that being said a lot of awareness needs to be raised to help the last 79 remaining Southern Resident Orcas survive. There really is an absolute stunning lack of knowledge where they are regarded. I myself lived here most of my 30 years and only found out last year who the Southern Resident Orcas were.
Who am I? I’m an artist but more importantly, right now, I’m just like you. I’m an average person, working 9 to 5 who wants to see a change in the world and is taking small steps towards that change. For this reason I’m trying to increase awareness! The orcas of the northwest are iconic. You see them Photoshopped into impossible pictures of Mount Rainier and the Space Needle. When the ferry Captain’s voice rings over the intercom, “We’ve stopped to allow a pod of orcas to pass by.” every single face on the boat lights up, quickly pressed to the glass or flushed in the sea breeze. There is something magic about Orcas that choose to live with people.
What do I mean by choose to live with people? Well that takes us back to what the Southern Resident orcas are. They’re a clan of Orcinus orca, the fancy way of saying Killer Whale. We all know what an orca looks like. Huge, black and white, sharp teeth. We’ve seen it often on documentaries doing this…
Well that isn’t the orca I’m talking about. Southern Resident Orcas are like the vegetarians of the orca world. They don’t eat seals, sea lion, or porpoises. They have been hunting the Pacific Northwest waters for so long that they only eat fish and squid, mainly Salmon.
So back to how they choose to live with people. Southern residents forage for food in the inland waters of Washington State and British Columbia. It is a little bit more complicated than that due to seasonal migration patterns that scientists recently discoverd in K and L pods but here is a map showing their range and new extended range courtesy of Curt Bradley, Center for Biological Diversity.
HOW WE CAN ALL HELP
So all those challenges are pretty intimidating but lets take a moment to see what the everyday average person can do to help!
Keep Ocean Water Clean
What goes down the drain goes to the ocean.
- Don’t put garbage down the sink.
- Don’t pour grease, fats, oils or food scraps down the sink
- In the Bathroom, if it didn’t go through you then don’t flush it.
- Dispose of unused medications at your local pharmacy.
- How to dispose of medicine (PDF)
- Properly dispose of chemicals. (paints, cleaners)
- How to dispose of chemicals (PDF)
Don’t Wash Your Car In The Driveway
- All that soap and dirt runs out to the storm drains and out to the ocean.
Practice Natural Yard Care
- Avoid pesticides & chemical fertilizers as they kill off the bottom of the aquatic food chain reducing food for everyone
- Prevent chemicals from running off into drainage ditches.
Use Natural Products
- Choose your cleaning products more carefully and avoid any that contain: Disinfectants, Phosphates, Synthetic Perfumes and Fragrances, and Nonyphennol Ethoxlates (NPE’s)
- Make your own cleaners out of stuff you probably already have.
Above information is courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation davidsuzuki.org
Reduce Reuse Recyle to stop garbage from reaching the oceans
Grow food yourself or buy from local farmers and farmers markets
- Saves energy
- Protects groundwater
- Allows you to learn how to be a good steward of plants and animals
Give them space in the wild
- Stay out of their path (400 yards)
- Stay at least 200 yards away
- Treat them with the same respect you would yourself.
The above helpful tips are courtesy of the Center for Whale Research. Read more at http://www.whaleresearch.com/#!orca-conservation/cbuu
Support Salmon Habitat Reconstruction:
Report Sightings & Beach Strandings
- http://www.orcanetwork.org – 1-866-ORCANET (672-2638)
Sign the Petition to Remove the 4 Snake River Dams
While this may not immediately help the Southern Residents it helps to be aware of the one captive member of their clan. Lolita/Tokitae is currently being held at Miami Seaquarium and I would like her to be brought home. Her mother is possibly still alive at 86 years of age and there is widespread desire for her release. Please support efforts to retire Lolita to a sea pen in the Puget Sound. She may then have a chance to meet her family once again!
Thank you for reading all the way down here! You rock. Together we can make a better world.
This is the updated work in progress for my latest piece. The colors are really starting to pull it all together. I have the drawing underneath everything but I find that it gets me focusing too much on the details. I wanted to get the all over lighting before focusing in on the tiny bits. Beth Sobel said something similar to, “Start broad in scope and then narrow.” I have a tendency to go narrow too quickly which I’m focusing on improving. I am looking forward to working more on this tomorrow.
This is my work in progress for what I’ve been calling, “In The Fray”. It is looking pretty rough on the colors right now but I see potential! I started coloring last night and I am working in lots of layers to try and build up the texture I so love in art. The two main fighters on the right are destroying the mages on the left. The sparks haven’t started to fly (I haven’t drawn in the magic yet.) but they will soon! Poor mages.
** EDIT ** This doesn’t look like it is making much progress… Don’t worry. It will get there, very very soon. You will see 😉