Wild Wednesday … Wildlife Rescue WIP

This weekend is the Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Open House. Mary and I will be attending for Red Tail Publishing. We sell children’s books and art prints. This year I decide to do a special art print of a special owl. Here’s a work in progress of Kowanni the great horned owl. It’s the same picture I was working on at jury duty.

Kowanni is a resident at SWRR because he can’t be returned to the wild due to the nature of his injury which left him unable to hunt. I took a photo of him last year at the event in his capacity of animal ambassador.

Here’s Kowanni on his perch. My drawing is of him where I imagine he would want to be if he could. Stay tuned for updates.

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If you’re around on Saturday come on down.

Forestry Friday … New Forestry Picture Book Project!

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Preliminary sketch of Timber cover art in pencil.

Mary and I are collaborating on a new forestry picture book. We are deeply into the thick of the process. Our original forestry book, Forests, Trees and Woodcame out in 1993. It’s now out of print and this new book will take it’s place, (Red Tail Publishing 2016).

 

Pure Americana Lumberjacks’ Picnic

This weekend we had the good fortune to attend the 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta.    It was pure Americana like a Norman Rockwell painting.  The Fiesta takes place at Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud, California.  I posted a few iphone photos when we were at the event.  Those pictures didn’t really tell the whole story.  Let me show you around.

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Great form at the axe throw.

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Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud.

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The Lil Lumberjack competition. This boy lets one fly!

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Nice throw young man!

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Mt Shasta provides the perfect backdrop.  The softball tournament went all weekend.

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There was even a horseshoe tournament.

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We were signing books for Red Tail Publishing.

This was the Red Tail Publishing gang on Saturday.  Mary Livingston, The Backdoor ArtistTim Livingston (me) and Ivy Smith, were there signing books.  Phil all around good guy helps us out a bunch!

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Mary visits with a guest who admires a cuddly turkey vulture toy.

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Venders were there with food, art, clothes and all kinds of interesting stuff.

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What picnic would be complete without a watermelon eating contest! The big boys had to sit on their hands.

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The aftermath!
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Blitz and Teka came too. There were lots of dogs in attendance.

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Blitz gets a “little” love.

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The ladies axe throw. The timber sports events were for anyone who wanted to participate.

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Spectators enjoy the men’s double buck competition.

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What better souvenir then a chainsaw carved bear!

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The men’s double buck competition. These guys are cutting like “a house afire!”

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TIME!

A special thank you to Linda Martin Andersen for having me as her guest blogger last week on A Writer’s Playground.  Go check out her awesome site!