Monday, May 27, 2013

Red Poppy for Memorial Day

For all those currently serving, for those that have served, and for those waiting for someone to come home, thank you.

Red Poppy Watercolor

In Flanders Fields 
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) 

Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sea Turtle Art

Yesterday was World Turtle Day! It's a day to celebrating these gorgeous species and to raise awareness on how to protect them from extinction.  I created some sea turtle art in my sketchbook in honor of the day.

Sea Turtle Art

Baby Sea Turtle

Why is protecting the Marine Turtles so important? They are fundamentally important to marine ecosystems. They are the "sea garden keepers" and help maintain healthy life cycles for coral reefs and sea grass. The coral reefs and sea grass also help benefit the other valuable species such as shrimp, lobster, and tuna. 

I highly suggest taking the time to read the World Wildlife Federation information on how you can help the Sea Turtle and other marine life. They have been doing a tremendous job on addressing illegal trade of turtles, protecting their habitats, and working to minimize the climate changes.