My first time with #SciArtSeptember
I made some new friends on Bluesky and stumbled across the #SciArtSeptember challenge. I liked the idea because I'm a science fan, of course, and also it doesn't require that you draw new things every day; you can use old drawings. So, I managed pretty well with loose interpretations and some old art. Here are a bunch for your enjoyment!
I'm late for day 30 of #SciArtSeptember, because I was travelling and didn't have wifi. Hence I couldn't post my drawing although it was ready on time...
Anyway. The prompt for day 30 of #SciArtSeptember is "rebirth". In komodo dragons, parthenogenesis has bee reported, which is a form of asexual reproduction. The hatchlings are genetically identical to their mother, which I interpreted as " rebirth" of the mother for this prompt.
Reference photo: Chandler Cruttenden from unsplash.
30 Rebirth for the final day of #SciArtSeptember Bet you thought I was gonna do a phoenix! And ok yeah I considered flamingos, but instead I did this lil Guy! This is a Wood frog (Rana sylvatica)! Now this guy freezes solid every winter, and because its blood is made of antifreeze, it doesn’t die, survives the winter and defrosts, literally coming back to life!
For today’s #SciArtSeptember prompt “Rebirth”: my art of Desert Willow seedpods titled Hope. In the background I’ve written words including patience, await, anticipate, recover, renew, reawaken, regenerate, germinate, rejuvenate, restore, revitalize, flourish, thrive (& more)
#SciArt #art #illustration #watercolor #painting #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #Tucson #SonoranDesert #NativePlants #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #ecology #nature #tree #willow #seedpod #Summer #hope
For #Caturday, here’s my Perpetual Journal art of a Bobcat we saw lounging on the short brick wall lining the front walkway of our Tucson, AZ, USA house. Bobcats are sooo beautiful 🥰 (obviously a fact; not an opinion! 😉)!
#SciArt #SciArtSeptember #art #illustration #watercolor #painting #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #PerpetualJournal #Tucson #SonoranDesert #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #ecology #nature #bobcat #cat #cats #CatsOfMastodon
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt rebirth it’s my immortal jellyfish!
Turritopsis dohrnii mis the only known animal to be able to revert to its younger colonial stage after having reached maturity. The full-grown T. dohrnii jellyfish medusa, if it gets stressed, or old & sick, can revert back to the polyp stage, form a new polyp colony & start all over.
29 Tale for #SciArtSeptember I went mythical with this one, many tales of foxes being well, foxes!
Yeah, I got featured in the Project Mushroom Newsletter!
Thank you @crimini !
In addition, they're talking about #SciArtSeptember which blends #art and #science, as well as all the new features of #Mastodon v4.2, including full search text.
Also, an important reminder about how to use hashtags best. Remember people #Hashtags are Mastodon's superpower, both to find new people and to be found by new people.
For a few days recently we had a Coyote napping in the shade of our (Tucson, AZ, USA) house, right near my studio window. Coincidentally (or not?!) we also had a Coyote napping in the exact same spot a number of days last September!
#SciArt #SciArtSeptember #art #illustration #watercolor #painting #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #PerpetualJournal #Tucson #SonoranDesert #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #ecology #nature #coyote
The Colorado potato #beetle is a pretty destructive pest against (you guessed it) potatoes! It's native to (you guessed it) Colorado!
The beetle was already widespread through Europe by the 20th century, but Germany was hit particularly hard during WWII and the USSR was hit particularly hard during the Cold War. Various pieces of propaganda from the time warn of the "Amikäfer" - American beetle - being dropped from the sky by American balloons and planes. In response to the accusations, West Germany airdropped little cardboard cutouts of the Colorado potato beetle, each stamped with "F" for "Freiheit" (freedom).
Good to know: Beatrix Potter was also a very talented (scientific) illustrator!
My illustration is based on a reference photo by 12019 from pixabay.
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt tale: Kepler’s Somnium. This #linocut illustrates astronomer & mathematician Johannes Kepler's sci-fi story Somnium, or "The Dream". Kepler (1571-1630) wrote the strange manuscript in Latin, & circulated it amongst friends, with the intention of eventually publishing it but he died before that could could happen. (It escaped his control & contributed to allegations his mother was a witch).
28 Monumental for #SciArtSeptember This is not lava! It’s the Colorado river at sunset! Earth made its own monument!
In today’s blog post I shared my Perpetual Journal art of a Bobcat & a Coyote, plus described a standoff between a Bobcat & 2 Coyotes that we saw in our Tucson, AZ yard!
#SciArt #SciArtSeptember #art #illustration #watercolor #painting #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #PerpetualJournal #Substack #blog #blogging #Tucson #SonoranDesert #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #ecology #nature #bobcat #coyote
@playinprogress I would love to do inktober. Ink is my main and favourite medium at the moment. I tried inktober before, but never finished it.
However, now I'm just finishing #SciArtSeptember, which has been great, but I also feel a bit exhausted from the pressure of daily posting. But I'm also worried that a relaxed approach (e.g. do inktober every other day) will result in doing it not at all... Ahhhrgh, it's complicated...
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt monumental: Hilbert’s Grand Hotel. This linocut print illustrates the paradox of Hilbert's Grand Hotel, a thought experiment conceived by the great mathematician David Hilbert (1862-1943) in 1924 to show the paradox of infinite sets. If you imagine a regular hotel with a finite number of rooms, if they are all filled you can't add more guests.
Today's #SciArtSeptember was amethyst but instead I made these tiny mushrooms out of sculpey (which is the worst material)
For this piece, I took my illustrations for cell organelles, and took them in an abstract geometric direction. One of the first I really had fun with.
I called these 'Kaleidoscopic Cells'. I created them with a combination of illustrations and code.
I didn't have much time for this one, hence the #illustration is rather clumsy. But I consider sharing it anyway a part of the drawing challenge.
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt amethyst, a violet variety of quartz, it’s my small linocut representing the chemical element Silicon with its diamond cubic crystal structure shown in silver. Its symbol, atomic number & a couple of its forms are shown in lilac. Silicon is common in the Earth's crust in, especially in silicate minerals like the quartz crystals shown.
26 Threads for #SciArtSeptember A spider web! Did Charlotte’s Web change your view of spiders like it did me?
The whisker barrels are the focus of the majority of barrel cortex research, and 'barrel cortex' is often used to refer primarily to the whisker barrels.
I’m going to interpret today’s #SciArtSeptember prompt: threads more figuratively to mean whiskers and the links between them and the barrel cortex.
For #SciArtSeptember prompt “alchemical” my new #linocut portrait of the earliest recorded #alchemist: Mary the Jewess (aka Maria Hebraea, Miriam, or Maria Prophetissa). Alchemist Zosimos of Panopolis (~300 CE), cites her research & innovations & several scholars suspect she lived in 1st century Alexandria. Zosimos relates that she wrote a treatise called "On Furnaces and Apparatuses" & she invented, or at least described … 🧵1/n
For today's #inkyDays drawing, inspiration came from some little fungi, of the Aspergillus genus.
And that's a wrap for this week of daily drawings. All of my in-progress and finished drawings are now posted for my supporters on Patreon and Ko-fi:
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt “metallic” my linocut Osmia lignaria, the metallic blue orchard mason bee.
We think of bees as living in hives, but these bees live in reeds or natural holes which they divide into chambers with mud walls. We also tend to picture yellow and black stripes, but this small bee is blue to blue-green. 🧵1/2
23 Adornment for #SciArtSeptember This is not a peacock, it’s actually a pretty pigeon!
My watercolors of Indigo & Carmine's chemical structures are now available as a notebook, mug, or vinyl sticker!
Find them in my Spring Shop!
The #SciArtSeptember prompt adornment made me think of fashion, “mauve madness” & William Henry Perkin (1838-1907)’s serendipitous discovery of the 1st synthetic organic dye: mauveine.
Perkin entered the Royal College of Chemistry in London in 1853 at 15, studying with August Wilhelm von Hofmann who hired him as his assistant in 1855 & had him working on a series of experiments to try & synthesize quinine, used to treat malaria.
#linocut #printmaking #sciArt #chemistry #histsci
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt nocturnal my linocut print of an eclipse of moths! Isn’t that a great #termOfVenery for a group of #moths? It’s the moon at lunar eclipse in oranges and brown against a very dark sky behind 5 Ontario moths: the gorgeous green Luna moth (Actias luna), the yellow and purplish-pink Imperial moth (Eacles imperialis), …
Since Patreon is adding the ability to sell downloadable digital products, I figure I'll give it a try.
Here is one of my Generative Art Coloring Pages inspired by Chemistry and Physics.
For the #SciArtSeptember theme sweet, my dance of the honeybees.
This is a linocut showing one of the ways the honeybee communicates through dance. A worker bee can return to the hive & through the way it aligns itself with respect to the sun & the honeycomb, the waggles & loops of its movement convey information on the location in terms of distance & direction of tasty flower pollen sources to its fellow bees. #MastoArt
#linocut #printmaking #honeybee #sciart #insect
While Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958), #chemist & #crystallographer is now remembered because her x-ray diffraction images which were instrumental to discovering double-helix structure of #DNA, I am posting her for #SciArtSeptember theme charcoal, because of her important contributions to #carbon research.
She made invaluable contributions across physics, chemistry & biology, working to determining the structure of #RNA,
Continuing from the Chemistry inspired piece I shared yesterday, I have been playing with creating art with particles systems since that first piece.
I also love experimenting with creating textiles.
These scarves are made with my artwork, and I wear them all the time. I'd love to create more, but they're expensive to produce.