Saturday, April 18, 2015

whale of a time

late night sketch, pen 


I saw my first grey whale of the migration season. It came right up to the shore line. I saw the tail fluke and realized the whale was moving on. I ran all the way down to the marina hoping to get a photograph of this beautiful creature. Luckily, this whale found another spot for foraging the ghost shrimp just beyond the marina. This was the closest I've ever been to one. Granted, I still needed a zoom lens, but I could hear every time the whale blew a spray of water. So amazing. The grey whales are monitored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and I later learned that this was Grey Whale #22.

linocut whale print on envelope


The experience inspired me to make a whale linocut and a fluke linocut for my love of mail art.

Here's to another great week!


10 comments:

  1. Whales are fascinating, love yours!

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  2. Nice drawing and print! very lively and happy he seems!

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  3. Love your whale sketches and prints. I've only seen a whale at a long distance away. It was on the Oregon coast. It was a gray whale.

    Kate

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  4. Cool linocut - always love the look of those prints.

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  5. Beautiful! I've never been blessed to see a gray whale live, but I can imagine how impressive it would be. Blessings!

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  6. How special ~ to witness the migrating whales!
    And your sketch and print ~ also special.
    Lovely!

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  7. What a wonderful moment for you and it inspired such beautiful work and memories.

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  8. I would love to go whale watching some time...if I can ever get over my fear of water! :) Looks like you had a great time and was totally inspiring to you. Lovely sketch and wonderful print! xx

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  9. Love your printed whale :)
    I guess I should try that too, sometimes :))
    Have a great Sunday!

    Tinna ✐

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  10. You are so lucky to be able to see whales in the wild! What incredible inspiration for artwork. I love both the drawing and the print!

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