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Image: bloodscratch.jpg   700x560 70249 bytes 2004.04.14

So the little capybara climbed up on Blood Gathererís broad and slimy back and found the itch, and scratched it with his webbed claws. Blood Gatherer glomphed and lashed and thrashed, but very carefully, so as not to shake the little capybara off. (More of "Happy Little Capybara Visits the Mayan Underworld.)

Image: brontothere.gif   576x720 96643 bytes 2003.03.28

A piece for the folio collaboration with the talented Cara Mitten, featuring a brontothere birdwatcher. Those little birds, which you'll eventually find if you've got some time to kill, are oxpeckers, which hang out on a lot of big grazers, so why not him?

Image: buccaneer.jpg   576x720 107883 bytes 2003.05.26

Fun little watercolor piece that I did for the upcoming Anthrocon--I had originally been planning to go with the classic red pirate coat, but the black-and-cream worked so well for me that I went with it instead, and the impracticality of this husky pirate getting blood out of her clothes be damned.

Image: camelmeditation.jpg   720x534 117957 bytes 2003.03.27

Acrylic, 18 x 24. The story goes that a prophet of Allah once fled into the desert to escape his enemies. His faithful camel carried him tirelessly to safety, and to reward the beast, the prophet whispered one of the secret names of God into its ear. The camel told the other camels, and to this day, camelkind looks down haughtily on all other creatures who don't possess such sacred knowledge. (And hey, they look neat.)

Image: caribbeancapybara.jpg   533x800 124720 bytes 2006.03.28

Another tea label. I suspect this is for the "Wombat on Ice" iced tea line.

Image: carrotnose.jpg   600x439 57552 bytes 2003.08.15

Some days you just want to lie around and shove carrots up your nose.

Image: catdragon.jpg   629x800 141978 bytes 2002.11.28

My husband told me to paint a dragon, and I already had a vaguely comicky, soft, Art Nouveauish theme in mind, and something about Siamese, plus I wanted to play around with framing effects after seeing some various seriously cool ones at Midwest Furfest, and next thing you know, the pastel really hit the fan. PASTEL! Aiiigh! Too much pastel. I should go paint something in black, scarlet, and hunter green just to cleanse my brain.

Image: cerberusmusic.jpg   576x720 150166 bytes 2003.03.16

Commission of Cerberus with broken musical instruments. Fun!

Image: chamfrog.jpg   750x494 395965 bytes 2002.04.26

The fifth of my Alternate Frogs--the Southwestern Chameleon Toad, found lurking near a pot and a pile of peppers, since we all gotta pay our still-life dues at some point. While this one has a less finished quality than some of the others, I was still pretty pleased with parts of it, most notably with the frog himself. His snout's a bit long, but the chameleon colors came out exactly how I'd hoped. However, since it was 24 x 36, there was no way I could scan it, so it had to wait until I got my digital camera, at long last. (Original for sale, e-mail with any reasonable offer.)

Image: concretefrog.jpg   720x524 150068 bytes 2004.04.21

Acrylic, 18 x 24. Tryin' to get the concrete texture that I love with real media instead of digital...

Image: crowtotem.jpg   656x850 217561 bytes 2002.07.15

It's funky photo-montage time--I was thinking about crows and totems and all that. Don't trust the New Age hype--Crow is a thief and a liar and a braggart, and would rather tell dirty jokes than contemplate the Deep Wisdom Of The Cosmos. But that's cool. In the grand scheme of things, a dirty joke will often do you a heckuva lot more good than cosmic wisdom.

Image: cuddlerhino.jpg   440x550 110348 bytes 2002.02.21

I would like to begin by saying that I have absolutely no excuse for painting anything this vilely adorable. I couldn't help it. I did a five second thumbnail in my sketchbook one day, and every time I opened it thereafter, the cuddle rhino was staring at me accusingly. You have to paint these ideas, or else they get mean and feral and start cruising the mental back alleys, preying on the smaller and weaker ideas, and digging in the dumpsters of the brain.

Image: cuscham.jpg   720x576 59406 bytes 2002.11.17

Doodling more stylized little animals, I tripped over the spotted cuscus, an obscure marsupial with big eyes, a humpy kind of back, and curled tail. Somewhere in the back of my brain, I thought of chameleons, who also have big eyes, humpy backs and curled tails, and decided that these two really had to get together for a painting (and possibly a curl-tailed-vertebrate support group.)

Image: cuttlefishhat.jpg   521x700 129394 bytes 2004.06.12

What, you never saw a penguin wearing a cuttlefish hat before?

Image: darwinsnail.jpg   720x576 192007 bytes 2004.03.12

If I had a shell, I would COVER it with bumper stickers. Still, I suppose this guy took the classy route. Mixed-to-the-point-of-goulash media, 11 x 14.

Image: demonrat.jpg   900x600 117082 bytes 2005.05.30

The great Demon Rat of Vercingetorix, the ultimate arbiter of mousey vengeance, listens to one of his teeny brethren plead its case. (Painter 7, LE jumbo prints available)

Image: diggersketch.jpg   576x720 114899 bytes 2003.03.12

Been reading Jeff Smith's "Bone" comics lately, which are very engaging, and nicely done in B&W, and led me to think, "Huh, wonder if my scribbly digital technique would work for a comic? It'd be a lot faster..." and thus a few minutes later, out came Digger the wombat, about whom I know absolutely nothing, except that I obviously like chunky little heroines. Who knows, might go somewhere. (I don't need another project, I don't need another project...)\r\n\r\nBefore anyone writes to know what's going on with my other comics and why the Mammals haven't disposed of the brain yet--I'm workin' on it, okay? It takes awhile for these things to penetrate my sodden brain.

Image: discomole.jpg   600x448 52965 bytes 2004.08.18

Another small and silly Burch-inspired piece. The starnose mole is dreadfully underrepresented in art, and the Disco starnose is even worse.

Image: dodoascent.jpg   850x491 42642 bytes 2004.08.09

Unable to resist the sketch charms of the bug-eyed dodo-fish, I did a quick watercolor of the Ascent of Dodo.

Image: dodogriff.jpg   700x563 194052 bytes 2004.08.28

I have been wanting to paint a dodo griffin for weeks now. He's obviously pretty polite, though--he isn't even complaining about having to use those mouse-sized teacups. Acrylic, 16 x 20.

Image: donkeyfish.jpg   800x650 208104 bytes 2004.07.08

At long last, after many travails--particularly that awful thing with the water buffalo and the kumquat, he'd be waking up screaming for years after THAT--the hooded donkey had arrived, his goldfish at the ready. Nothing could stop him now!\r\n\r\nAcrylic on cradled clayboard, 11 x 14.

Image: dragonturnip.jpg   393x550 89266 bytes 2004.12.22

Acrylic 5 x 7. Dragon, Turnip, Lollipop, the ancient triumvirate of awesome and arcane significance...

Image: dreamagain.jpg   533x800 118638 bytes 2002.09.17

This is what a friend of mine calls a "sacrifice to the Muse." Most of the time she lets me paint whatever banal illustration for money or weird little comics for fun that I want. Occasionally, however, she drops an image with chilly clarity, directly into my brain, and I will drop everything and paint it, because even if it's a weird freaky thing involving a wasp-creature and really disturbing grapes, to NOT paint it would mean that it would set up residence in my brain, poking all the grey matter and chewing on my ear, and nobody wants that. The title is "Having That Dream Again" but I don't know why, since I've never had a dream like that, either.

Image: earthmouse.jpg   455x650 179811 bytes 2005.03.09

Last of the elemental mice, the Earth Mouse! These guys are available as a print set, e-mail for details.

Image: fairygodmouse.jpg   253x700 79875 bytes 2004.09.21

The Fairy Godmouse, who visits downtrodden mice in the night, magically changing the lucky rodent into the prettiest carrier of hantavirus at the ball, and leaving gifts in the silverware drawer for the rest of us.

Image: fatgopher.jpg   450x550 66908 bytes 2002.11.12

I'm going to the Midwest Furfest this year to sell prints. Never having been to a furry convention before, and having heard many strange horror stories, I'm a little nervous. I'm sure that most of the people will be wonderful, pleasant individuals, but I can't shake the fear that sooner or later, I'll be cornered by someone like this guy.

Image: fennec.jpg   670x576 73656 bytes 2003.10.17

I have come to the realization that I will simply have to run myself out of cute before I can resume normal function. Thus, the fennec and the ant.

Image: firemouse.jpg   600x434 123810 bytes 2005.01.14

The elemental mousie of fire.

Image: fireworkscrow.jpg   254x700 75582 bytes 2004.09.21

I'm not sure of much in life, and I think I get less sure all the time. However, I am still dead certain that if crows could use matches, we'd all be in a world of hurt.

Image: foxkachina.jpg   513x700 116223 bytes 2003.02.17

Another kachina-inspired piece, this time a kit fox in gear based on that of Letaiyo, the fox kachina (a doll of whom was one of my most prized possessions as a child.) I reiterate, once again, while these are based on the Hopi kachina costumes, they should not be taken as any kind of accurate representation of what really goes on in Hopi religion--they're more like projections of how I envisioned the kachinas as a kid growing up in Arizona. I've got enormous aesthetic respect for the culture, the costumes are simply mind-bending, and thus would like to make it absolutely clear--I'm a white chick from the suburbs, I don't speak the language, and this is a tribute, not an accurate portrayal of any kind. Whew. Now THAT was a disclaimer and a half.

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