Sandbank Pocketbook (Lampsilis satura) Threatened Texas Aquatic Invertebrate

Sandbank Pocketbook (Lampsilis satura) Threatened Texas Aquatic Invertebrate

I'm of the (recently discovered) opinion that everyone should know about freshwater mussels...Sandbank Pocketbook (Lampsilis satura) paletteIf you like to play in clean and clear fresh waters, you can thank nature’s filters- the native freshwater mussels. There are 52 mussel species in Texas and 15 are listed as Threatened in Texas. ⁠⠀⁠⠀Featured h

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Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)

Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)

This artwork & color palette is based on a true power-napper. Texas' Threatened Bird- The Sooty Tern apparently sleeps on the wing...These impressive threatened birds spend the vast majority of their life at sea (apparently up to 10 years!). Since they don't float, and can't rest easily. I have read that they take micro-naps (1 or 2-seconds) w

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The Threatened Texas Series

The Threatened Texas Series

"Study Nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd WrightBeautiful colors...As an artist, you would assume that I think a lot about color. It’s true! As a painter, I practice color mixing, blending, subtle changes, stark contrasts. As an Art Educator, I think about color theory and how I can share so

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How to make a Transforming Origami Star & Origami Wreath - (Our Holiday Tradition)

How to make a Transforming Origami Star & Origami Wreath - (Our Holiday Tradition)

Today I'm sharing a gift with you- a personal art project... one of our holiday traditions... In 2010 I enjoyed my very first holiday with my eventual stepson. As an 8 year old, he led us in creating a collaborative transforming origami star/ wreath.The best part was that this art project came from a brave, young Kai. He took a chance with me and

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Black-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus meridionalis)

Black-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus meridionalis)

The first step to protecting Endangered and Threatened species is to learn how fascinating and essential they are.My latest project to sample 6-8 colors from actual images of Texas Threatened Species and to create original art inspired by their limited palette has been a wonderful challenge.  Meet Notophthalmus meridionalis, otherwi

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Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)

Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)

               The incredible, ancient, threatened Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii), averages 70 lbs. but the largest recorded weighed 298 lbs These spiky-shelled (carapace) threatened species are "ambush predators" and take the "slow but steady" approach. They hunt by stationing their

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Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) -Threatened Texas Fish

Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) -Threatened Texas Fish

                    Countershading. This was a new word for me. Almost all sharks are grayish with a darker top and lighter underside. This is called countershading. Imagine attempting to find places to hide or be inconspicuous in the open ocean. Countershading is works like camouflage, f

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 WEDNESDAY MIX IT UP ART SUPPLIES: JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2021

WEDNESDAY MIX IT UP ART SUPPLIES: JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2021

The materials for each MIX IT UP class are listed below by date. I want you to know that you and your friends can join ANY class. Each week is its own independent art play class so joining any week is totally fine and encouraged. To register for a class, please do so HERE.COST BY DONATIONFULL LIST OF SUPPLIES AT THE END OF THIS POST.*************

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FREE AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR CLASSES

FREE AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR CLASSES

            Register for FREE HERE I'll be participating in Big Medium's Austin Studio Tour November 14th - 22nd along with many other Austin Artists. Specifically, check me out on November 14th & 21st!THE COLOR OF TEXAS' THREATENED SPECIES (Children Encouraged to Join!)Nov 21th 11:00 amT

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MIX IT UP ART CLASS SUPPLIES : NOVEMBER 2020 (No class Nov. 3rd)

MIX IT UP ART CLASS SUPPLIES : NOVEMBER 2020 (No class Nov. 3rd)

The materials for each MIX IT UP class are listed below by date.  I want you to know that you and your friends can join ANY class. Each week is its own independent art play class so joining any week is totally fine and encouraged. To register for a class, please do so HERE.COST BY DONATIONFULL LIST OF SUPPLIES AT THE END OF THIS POS

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