Holds the Universe, for just a moment,
And gives it back.
This past weekend, the Dalvero Academy artists attended the Whale Naturalist’s Workshop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. We heard so many presentations about what these wonderful people are doing to help protect the whale species of the North Atlantic, sometimes at their own personal peril. What an amazing group of dedicated folks.
The last afternoon of the workshop we attended a whale watch voyage, and saw an amazing group of whales – energetic teams of dolphins escorted us out into the Stellwagen Sanctuary, accompanied by slower moving fin whales. We saw minke whales too, and a small group of three humpback whales: a Mama, baby and adolescent friend. Seeing the mother and child fluking together (showing their tail flukes as part of a deep dive) is something I will never forget. Time actually stood still.
I’ll be posting more about this on my personal blog this week.
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I started this drawing, the parts in ink, at the AMNH in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. I put the pad down for a moment and everything changed. I turned the pad around and found birds. Prehistoric birds. A nod to Teddy for reading all about his youthful observation. It must have had an impact because apparently on my way in I missed the current exhibit. Always keep your eyes open.—Dominick
Watercolor and pen and ink and charcoal drawings of whales and their tails. Just thumbnailing a little and playing around with ideas for the Dalvero/Mystic project on whaling and whales.
Following this man’s fingers while he played the piano was nearly impossible. I did my best! Pen and Ink. ~Despina
I loved this guy when I drew him. He had so much style. And plenty of attitude. But good attitude. Positive attitude. Proud attitude. —Dominick
One of the advantages of marrying a man with children is that I get to be a step-mom, and go visit them from time to time. This time, we were in Clearwater, Florida, and took a day to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This is the aquarium famously represented in the movie, A Dolphin’s Tale, and we did see Winter, the dolphin who was rescued and given a prosthetic tail to replace the one she lost in a boat strike. Boat strikes are an extreme hazard to marine animals, and the situation is getting dire for many of them.
What I loved about the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is that it’s based on the idea of treating the animals and releasing them back into the wild. Only those animals that can no longer survive on their own (like Winter) are kept at the aquarium. The drawing above is of a turtle surgery we witnessed during our visit. There is a virus going around and Clearwater is the only aquarium equipped to help the sick turtles that come in. This one is about to have a growth removed from his shell. I loved how the attendant stroked the turtle’s little fin to calm him down, and how diligently the turtle grasped on to the breathing tube with his beak. So sweet, wow. I love to see people helping vulnerable little creatures like this.
Of course the Aquarium relies on the public for funding, so please consider helping out if you can.
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It will soon be April again and the CPDSA and friends will be out in full bloom skating and dancing to all their great DJ’s music! I can’t wait to see everybody in motion again in Central Park! They are a great group of people and athletes!
While visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I always make a point to go check out the Arms and Armor section. It’s very impressive. I had fun stylizing the designs on this armored horse.
A quick drawing of some people lazily sitting on a bench. Sometimes you just have to sit down and chill.
My little guy was creatively playing with his watercolors yesterday. If you’ve ever spent time painting with a toddler you can whip through a sketchbook pretty quickly. There we were surrounded by pages of wet “interpretive” fine works of art sprinkled throughout the entire kitchen waiting to dry for the balance of the day. Saving every piece would’ve been a logistical nightmare so instead of throwing out the “maybe’s” I opted to draw on them myself and explore what could happen. Such a blast! – Michele
The days have been blurring and the nights have been absent, but one thing remains constant, my mornings are greeted with a smile.—Dominick
And they rock, and they rock, through the sensual ageless ages
on the depths of the seven seas,
and through the salt they reel with drunk delight
and in the tropics tremble they with love
and roll with massive, strong desire, like gods.
- DH Lawrence
Above is a happy, slightly inebriated, whale, swimming through a sea of red wine. He’s been around the ocean a few times, seen his share of turbulence, but he’s still having a blast.
I drew this at the “Draftsmen’s Congress“, a collective drawing dreamed up by Pawel Althamar, at the New Museum. Dalvero Academy was invited to participate, and we drew whales and other visual delights all over the walls. What a fun day!