The rare sandhills ecosystem of Santa Cruz county is like no other place. High in the coastal range, with no ocean in sight, I have white sand between my toes. The sandy floor and a dry, warm coastal mountain climate support a unique community of plants and animals adapted to dry conditions and fire ecology. […]
The more curious my home-grown vegetables look, the quicker I run for my sketchbook. Pulling up carrots is a joy, another rite of spring. Below, a bunch of Scarlet Nantes planted last fall. Daucus carota subsp. sativus, Tasty, nutritious… much more flavor in a crooked homegrown carrot than the beauties from the store. People have […]
Dragonfly (detail), 30 square ft outdoor mural panels KEIM system mineral pigments, fade proof, weather proof Private residence, panels mounted on outer wall. copy...
Before I am buried in spring sketches (then summer!), I have to look back at pages from a memorable fall and winter. Here, some of the small stuff underfoot in our garden, a briefly glorious old neighborhood tree, a sampling of spring vegetables… Soon, a portrait of our little terrors and competitors: the snails. This […]
When you ask young people to look closely, THEY DO. This week I was thrilled to work with over 120 sixth grade biology students, guiding them through the steps of creating unique scientific artwork. Looking at detailed photographs of magnified cells, they observed and discussed what they saw. With an experimental attitude, they then mixed […]
I placed my sketchbooks, found objects, drawing materials and trail maps under glass for a few months at the beautiful Doyle Library at Santa Rosa Junior College. I call the display “My Process,” since someone who looks closely can find both rough field sketches and the finished science illustrations they appear in. A map of […]
I’m working with two groups of young artists this week at Sonoma State University. After several days of discussions on marine ecology, drawing and studies of native tide pool creatures, today’s efforts resulted in two 10 ft tall paintings of a kelp forest– Enjoy! -Krista
Exhibit: BIODIVERSITY, a closer look- Artists Bambi Waterman & Krista Anandakuttan explore lifeforms in porcelain clay and fresco It all started last summer, as a hypothetical. “Would we, could we” show our biology-inspired artwork together? We were instantly fired up and the details came together sooner than we expected… this public exhibit will be the happy result. […]