A couple of my paintings will be displayed in Savannah Georgia at the Pei Ling Chan Gallery as part of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Juried Member’s Exhibition.  I submitted two pieces and they both were accepted:

The one on the left is a watercolor done on 140lb Arches hot press of a Sea Lavender, Limonium sp..  I wanted to do a painting of the entire plant. I moved the leaves around so that they were in the right spot, held the plant up and took a few photos of the roots to use as reference.

GNSI Juried Show

Then I added the bud and flowers.  As a result, I had a simplified plant highlighting only what I wanted to highlight but still showing its natural habit.  I added the earthworm to give the more life to the roots area.  Strangely enough, this piece started out as something to add a bumble bee to. As I neared the time to add the bumble bee, I realized that it wasn’t needed.  I really enjoyed painting the roots so I decided to do another painting similar to it.
The image on the right is a gouache painting done on Arches hot press watercolor board of a Giant Arrowhead, Sagittaria montevidensis, and Tule Perch, Hysterocarpus traski. I found this plant at the nursery in the pond section. I found that it was native to California, http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=9409, and researched its habitat and the animals that live among it.  After much deliberation I decided to have the Tule Perch accompany the Giant Arrowhead.  I liked its size and the fact that it is a viviparous (livebearing) fish. It was a lot of fun moving the Adult fish and fry images around and manipulating them to fit in the composition. Unfortunately, I did not have live fish specimens as a reference.