woensdag 5 juli 2017

FeMailed Artist and Scientist

Recently I was invited to join the 'Femail-XX' mail art project about female art and science.

I chose to draw this illustration, in honour of Maria Sibylla Merian (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1647 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1717). As an artist and scientist, Merian has played an important, be it not so well-known, role in natural history and biology.
Did you know that there were times that people thought butterflies arose spontaneously from mud and dirt? For us it is so obvious that butterflies originate from eggs. However, not until Merian's era people got little by little aware of the connection between butterflies, caterpillars and eggs. And Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the very first to research and draw these species and their metamorphosis. And the very first to add the hosting plants to her insect illustrations.
At older age (as old as I am now) she even traveled by boat to the tropics, a 2 months journey, to Suriname. There she researched more butterflies and other insects, and she has published beautiful, and scientifically seen correct, illustrations of the insects and all stages and surrounding vegetation.

This not so correct drawing is just a small honour to a woman who deserves a high place in natural and art history.

The mail art project's full name is Women Art Scientist Testament Exploration. I couldn't resist the urge to change 'waste' into the well-known female item 'waist'.

donderdag 29 juni 2017

The Kancil and the Bridge

'The Kantjil and the Bridge'. Maybe an old, maybe a newly invented story.

Made for Theo Nugraha and the Palangkaraya Batuntur mail art project, in honour of the 60th anniversary of Palangkaraya.

zondag 25 juni 2017

Mail Cardinal

This Cardinal Bird I drew and consequently I turned it into a Mail Cardinal Bird:

Sent to the USA (and arrived - thank you, FinnBadger, for your reply! I'll post your Chicken mail art in a few days at the RealWeirdAnimals blog!)

donderdag 1 juni 2017

Thumbs up

After the rain there's an after the rain.

Sent to Ryosuke Cohen in Japan.

woensdag 31 mei 2017

In memoriam: Catootje

Cato, also known as Catootje, born February 2012, arrived at our home summer 2012. Passed away last Friday, 26 May 2017.

Superb Fairy Wren revisited

I've drawn a superb fairy wren before. Drawings never will be as good as the real bird, but anyway I love to continue to draw them.

This time the tiny bird flew to Antonia Mayol in Spain, covered by a far larger bird, a razorbill, as an envelope.

maandag 3 april 2017

Ducklings drown thanks to DAPL

There's a lot of injustice and short-sighted stupidity in the world.
One of these is the fact that people / companies / politicians who have power, think they can own the earth and destroy it (injustice) and seem to not notice that in the end they'll have destroyed also what belongs to their/our next generations (short-sighted stupidity). Just for short-term profit.