Hi, blog! I've been neglecting you all month! I'm not the best at keeping up with writing posts here, even though I'd like to have the habit of doing so. I've painted almost an entire month's worth of moths and butterflies in the interim, and here is a little preview of what the poster comprising them all will look like. Which reminds me that I don't think I even ever posted the complete Passeriformes poster, so here's that too.
Painting a species every day has been an incredible experience so far. For me it's all about trying to understand and appreciate the natural world by studying and illustrating it. I don't know if anything has ever had a more positive impact on my day to day choices. Little things like choosing not to buy, say, a new picture frame (instead trying to find a used one, or repurpose something I already have), or remembering to sort my garbage into clean recyclables, compost for our own backyard compost pile, and municipal compost (which we are lucky to have here in Minneapolis). These are the small habits of respect and stewardship to the earth that I have always wanted to cultivate.
It's hard to do these things, even for someone like me whose life is (currently) relatively free of stress. I don't have any kids to take care of, or multiple jobs taking up my nights and weekends- and still it often feels like an unwelcome burden to spend a little extra time and effort to live "conservationally."
So for me I'm finding that this daily practice of celebrating and learning about the natural wonders of the animal kingdom is an excellent reminder and motivator of how precious our earth is. I've noticed a distinct right turn in my emotions and energy when it comes to choosing conservationism over consumerism. I only hope I can continue in this direction.