Published in Inside Butterflies (Inside Series)- Sterling Press in partnership with The American Museum of Natural History, 2011.
From left to right, top to bottom: Painted Lady (Vanessa sp.), Bogong (Agrotis infusa), Karner Blue (Plebejus melissa samuelis), Dark Blue Tiger (Tirumala septentrionis), Monarch (Danaus plexippus), Blue Morpho (Morpho sp.), African Emigrant (Catopsilia florella), Purple Crow (Euploea tulliolus), Double Banded Crow (Euploea Sylvester)
This plate shows five common pests of the pepper plant including the Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae), the Pepper Maggot (Zonosemata electa), the Red Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae), the Clear-winged Grasshopper (Camnula pellucida), and the Pepper Weevil (Anthonomus eugenii).
I had the great honor of creating "Udderly Exposed" for the San Luis Obispo County Cow Parade. She is known affectionately as "Expo". I wanted to create an anatomically correct look at the inside of a cow. There were 101 cows on display throughout the county. "Udderly Exposed" was sponsored and purchased by Animal Care Clinic in San Luis Obispo, where I work as a Registered Veterinary Technician. I painted her in a very colorful barn in Squire Canyon where the owner of the clinic lives. Many, many days and long nights were spent in that barn. I am showing a timeline of the painting and the many attempts at figuring out how to make a beating/glow-in-the dark heart (which we are still working on lighting).
Submission sketch to the Cow Parade judges
Expo moved into her new barn.
We brought Expo back to the clinic so I could paint her at our annual fundraising event.
Late night painting back at the barn.
Vincent, my assistant, liked to rub on Expo's legs.
I stood back in terror as Dr. Bonnie Markoff performed open heart surgery on Expo, but I knew she was a great doctor and it would be successful.
Starting on her other side now.
Muscles and Stomachs!
Now for the tricky part, I made a mold out of clay to cast the heart.
I did a lot of research into epoxy. There is a lot of epoxy out there. I finally decided on a product and then found some glow-in-the-dark powder to add to the resin.
Unfortunately, the material was not setting, it was really sticky. I thought if I put it in the refrigerator that would help. My cat thought it was a good idea too, but it did not work.
It looked nice, but was still sticky
Second try worked! It set, it was thinner and less obnoxiously colored.
Sanding down the heart to make it fit was a dusty business.
After a lot of work, it fit!
A little bit of epoxy and Bondo to set it in.
I put a light behind the heart at night and it was beautiful! We tried many lights that were mounted on a board that Bonnie placed inside Expo. We made a hole in her stomach to access the area. We used blinking bike lights of all kinds. It looked great at night but was hard to see in the daylight.
The cow parade guys came to pick her up. it was kind of sad, and I was very worried about her in the back of the truck. But they took very good care of her.
Expo arrived at the cow parade kick-off at Madonna Meadows and met the 100 other cows there!.
She made a dog friend.
And met my nephew
It was really hot that day so we sat under her for some shade.
Expo arriving at the clinic to get mounted at her permanent home.
Come visit her at Animal Care Clinic at 162 Cross st. in San Luis Obispo.