Author: edamstra


Sketching at the Royal Ontario Museum

This afternoon I spent a few hours making some sketches in the Biodiversity exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. I overheard some interesting comments from visitors while quietly drawing this caribou. …

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Painting silver

Two newly completed paintings are shown here. These are  juvenile asian carp, the color of which is described as “silvery.” I’ve always found it a challenge to paint a subject …

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Botanical Artists of Canada 2010 exhibit awards

I’m excited to report that two of my entries to the Botanical Artists of Canada 2010 exhibit received awards by the jury. This drawing of a Cortland apple received 3rd prize …

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Heritage apple: Oldenburg

In the subdivision where I grew up, all of the streets are named after apple varieties. I could never understand how “Oldenburg Ct.” fit in until I saw this variety …

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Heritage apple: Baldwin

Plucked from the University of Guelph’s Vineland Heritage Orchard last week, a beautiful deep red Baldwin apple served as the model for this colored pencil illustration. Soon after it became …

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Botanical Artists of Canada 2010 exhibit entries

The 2nd Annual Juried Botanical Art Exhibition by the Botanical Artists of Canada takes place October 27 to November 7, 2010 at the Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery. A few of my …

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Painting of newly-discovered fish species

This is my most recent illustration – a watercolor and gouache painting of a newly described Indonesian fish. It is based upon the detailed descriptions, measurements, and (with permission) color photographs found …

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From Bizarre to Familiar: Drawings and paintings of creatures that inhabit the planet (or used to)

From August 8 to September 17, there will be approximately 40 of my natural science illustrations on display at a really neat – albeit unusual – exhibit space: The Kuntz …

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Guide to Great Lakes Fishes book features my illustrations

A few months ago, The University of Michigan Press and Michigan Sea Grant published a book to which I contributed over 50 illustrations of fishes: Guide to Great Lakes Fishes …

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Annual GNSI Exhibit

The 2010 conference of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is in Raleigh, North Carolina. GNSI members around the world have entered their natural science illustrations for the annual juried …

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