George Venable, Carabid beetle, 1992.
The first illustration Venable created in tone on the computer, using Adobe Photoshop version 2. The image was rendered entirely using a mouse, as pressure sensitive graphics tablets had not yet been invented; there were no layers and only one “undo.”
Photo by @stefanounterthiner.
Velvet worm, once thought to be extinct is a fascinating ancient, caterpillar-like animals that have changed little over the last 400 million years.
Don’t let the downy appearance of the velvet worm fool you, they might be nearly blind but these curious creatures hunt their prey by spraying them with an adhesive mucous before sucking out their inside. It can slime its prey from 1-2 feet away, and paralyze it. The slime is also squirted in self-defence. An enemy with a face full of slime gives the velvet worm time to escape.
A while back my husband and I went snowshoeing round Mt. Lassen, CA. I took photos of this warm stream cutting a deep meandering channel through the snow all the way down the volcano. At the time I thought of these deep sea organisms slowly drifting up into the sky from the black current of the water. After many years I finally got around to painting this one. I suppose the image stuck with me because it could be a metaphor for a lot of my different emotions… some light and warm, some deep and cold.
Melting Glass, 30” x 35”, acrylic on maple panel, 2014
Here we go again folks! Now a British clothing site called Bittersweet is ripping off my (Owl) Strigiformes painting and selling the image on sweatshirts and hats. http://www.bittersweetstore.bigcartel.com/products?page=2
I am in the process of dealing with this situation. In the meantime, please do not buy this product. This is theft.
For those of you who don’t know last month I posted a notice on Tumblr that a clothing company Romwe stole my painting and reproduced it on sweatshirts that look just like the image above. Maybe Bittersweet is affiliated with the Company Romwe since the sweatshirt appears to be the same product. I sent Romwe a Cease and Desist which they ignored but quickly took the sweater off their site claiming it ‘Sold out’. These companies also known as ‘Design pirates’ prey on independent artists and designers assuming they have not registered their copyrights. The legal costs of enforcing copyrights are very time consuming and exhausting. The average cost of pursuing a copyright infringement suit with damages less than $1 million starts at around $200,000. Even though I have a registered copyright of my work, I still have to deal with the legal maze to prove that it is in fact my design that has been stolen.
"It sounds hopeless, which is what design pirates are counting on. But there’s something design pirates should fear even more than legal battles: publicity.”
This affects everyone so please be an awesome person and
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I guess it’s good the bees are resourceful but any biological drawbacks to them chewing the plastic?
A new study by a University of Guelph graduate and a U of G scientist reveals that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The research was published recently in the journal Ecosphere.
It’s an important discovery because it shows bees’ resourcefulness and flexibility in adapting to a human-dominated world, says lead author Scott MacIvor, a doctoral student at York University and a 2008 U of G graduate.
J. Scott MacIvor, Andrew E. Moore. Bees collect polyurethane and polyethylene plastics as novel nest materials. Ecosphere, 2013; 4 (12): art155 DOI: 10.1890/ES13-00308.1
Diprosopus: A creature having two faces - opposed to two distinct, separate heads - is caused by a mutation in the sonic hedgehog homolog (shh), a developmental protein responsible for the formation of facial features. Shrink the protein and you get cyclops creatures.. stretch it, and you get duplicates.
Dishing Out Some Science-Inspired Art
Klari Reis’s “Daily Dish”, a petri-painting-a-day, is back for 2014! I’ve written about this before back in 2013 and 2012, and these microbially-inspired creations continue to be some of my favorite science art out there.
So, so, so, so many more on her site. Check ‘em out here.
Previously: Alexander Fleming, legendary microbiologist, was quite the petri dish artist himself.