Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stand Fast

Stand Fast
I'm proud of my Scottish heritage, but as I'm from British Columbia, I feel a very strong connection to the BC mountains and wildlife.  In this illustration I wanted to meld both together.

I included a bunch of BC wildflowers, including fox gloves, lupines, indian paint brush, wild strawberries just to name a few.  The birds in the trees include a robin, steller's jay and cedar waxwing.

The Gordon Clan's motto is "Bydand", meaning "Stand Fast".  And our crest is of a stag with a buckled belt.

The print is now available in my etsy shop!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Natural History Museum Sketches

Elk Sketch

Bison Sketch
I'm a huge fan of natural history museums.  So this summer I went on a short trip to Banff and Lake Louise, and was thrilled to visit the historic natural history museum.  It's housed in a traditional log cabin, set up to look like an old fashioned study, with antique animals from the early 1900's.

I could have spent the entire day there sketching, but there's so many other beautiful places to go in Banff!