Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I paint native and endangered wildflowers and the occasional beach find as well. I am well versed in wildflower lore and love researching the species I've been painting. Take this horseshoe crab for instance. Despite the name, horseshoe crabs are not crabs but are related to arachnids (spiders, scorpions). The scientific name Lunataspis aurora, means "crescent moon shield of the dawn." Dating back 450 million years (long before dinosaurs) these creatures are literally living fossils. Today, marine shorelines worldwide are being threatened by human activity and horseshoe crab populations have suffered. In South Carolina it is illegal to possess or kill a horseshoe crab. Although populations are currently declining, they have successfully weathered many previous crises including the mass extinction that saw the demise of the dinosaurs and 95% of sea life 65 million years ago. The horseshoe crab survived.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Luna Moth, 30x40, oil on canvas, ©2007 Honor Marks
Treasures on the mantle (from left): pottery from Jones Pottery in Sandy Mush, NC; two star-shaped historic earthquake bolts, a saguaro boot (the barky ribs of the huge 20' cactii) from Tucson, AZ; Madeleine L'Engle's autograph (it says "for Honor, Blessings, Madeleine L'Engle); a fish fossil I unearthed in Kemmerer, WY; raku fired cross I made in high school; mortar and pestle from my grandfather's 1940's pharmacy. In the mix are also random candle sticks picked up along the way (the one on the far right is made entirely of twisted copper wire) and beach finds.