Tag Archives: animals and nature

loving those japanese matchbook labels–summer is coming

This holiday weekend in the US traditionally marks the beginning of social summer. And after this long, cold spring we could certainly use it.  And summer makes me think about cicadas (I’m one of those rare people who likes the … Continue reading

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internet sunday: double portrait

It’s Wassily Kandinsky,  the great Russian artist of the first half of the twentieth century . He painted some of the first great abstract works, and he taught at the Bauhaus. The famous Bauhaus Wassily chair, designed by Marcel Breuer, … Continue reading

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dogwoods of the neighborhood

Spring is passing quickly, as it so often does.  And spring in the US Midwest means dogwoods in flower.  Before they’re all gone, here are two of my favorite neighborhood dogwood trees.  The pink one is a spectacular Cherokee Sunset … Continue reading

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antique skeleton keys

Finally finished (barring a few tweaks) the drawings of antique skeleton keys for a change of address card.  One is pretty conventional, based on photographs of actual keys plus some period engravings.  And one is … less conventional.   It’s based … Continue reading

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the word of the day is “hominin”

“Who were the Denisovans anyway?”.  This compelling and (to me) instantly attractive question was the title of today’s post on the consistently interesting blog called Twilight Beasts.  And of course I clicked to read, and to my even greater delight, … Continue reading

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minicomics??, post 27: late night brontosauruses

Late night, as in Charles Knight,  the late great scientific illustrator whose paintings will always be “the way dinosaurs look” to the the children of the 50s, 60s  and 70s.  I looked at a lot of modern illustrations that are … Continue reading

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minicomics ??, post 24: back cover scribble

The end!  Of the scribbles, anyway.  This is the back cover, which I have decided to make into a sort of mini poster, with a psuedo scientific “illustration” of a brontosaurus, and the story of the comic in old fashioned … Continue reading

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minicomics ??, post 16: an art reference

The internet may be fixed.  Or it may not.  Anyway, I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to go out and collect some photo references for brontosauruses.  Of course, that really means art references, since, nobody seems to have a photograph … Continue reading

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minicomics ??, post 14: jurassic plants

OK.  I now know a lot more about the plants of the Jurassic period than I did before.  This hardly makes me a paleobotanist, but it’s good enough for a minicomic. Common flora of the Jurassic period included tree ferns, … Continue reading

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minicomics ??, post 13: sidebar, detour, or work avoidance?

It’s not work avoidance, really– it’s a weird day and there’s lots of stuff going on outside of the Brontosaurus story that I have to attend to.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it. Specifically, I’m thinking about … Continue reading

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