Coltsfoot Poster

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Coltsfoot Poster, colored pencil on Dura-Lar film, pen and ink, Adobe Illustrator

I spent some time this past quarter volunteering to draw a couple of illustrations for an update to Flora of the Pacific Northwest, a comprehensive book originally published at the University of Washington in the 1970’s.

One of the drawings was of Coltsfoot (Tussilago fanfara). I made a poster out of that drawing for one of my class projects, taking the diagnostic drawing I had done for the book and expanding on it to include a variety of animals that interact with it.

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Spent Daffodils

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Spent Daffodils, graphite and colored pencils on watercolor paper, Photoshop.

It’s almost the end of daffodil season. Our family planted dozens of daffodil bulbs on our hillside on Orcas Island a few years ago, and last year my wife planted dozens and dozens more. Now in the spring the fields are dotted with bright yellow, and it’s dazzling.

They’re still eye-catching—even beautiful—as they wither and become bedraggled, ghostlike and faded.