Author: edamstra


Illustrated trailside signs at Kitchener’s Huron Natural Area

Last week at their Huron Natural Area the City of Kitchener installed several signs near the entryway and along the trails. These signs interpret the ecology and cultural history of the …

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Recent Work: Paleozoic fishes

I recently completed these two watercolor and gouache paintings of Paleozoic fishes for a book about the natural history of the Atlantic Coast (not yet published).

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Canada Geese design featured on gold coin!

I’m excited to report that the Royal Canadian Mint just released a new gold collector coin featuring my design of some Canada Geese. See a better image of the coin …

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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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