Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

The End of My Journey… Yesterday, I was tremendously sad, thinking that my time as an intern at Heyday had already come to an end. How did it go by so fast? I was extremely lucky to have such a unique experience, as a Scientific Illustrator Intern, and there is no way Heyday is going […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Hangin’ by the Pool I know for a fact that in my lifetime, I will absolutely never grow tired of exploring the tide pools scattered along California’s dramatic and rocky shoreline. No matter how many times I’ve been mesmerized, there is always something new I haven’t seen in past adventures, something even more enchanting than […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Midweek Update Mix it up! If there is one thing I have learned in my artistic adventures, it is to never set limits or think certain actions are “wrong.” Rules, as the old saying goes, are meant to be broken. For years, I thought there was some rule against mixing media like watercolors, colored pencil, […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Stickin’ on the Dock of the Bay Exploring California wharfs and piers is always exciting, and not just for the people-watching, good food, and silly souvenirs. I can’t help but smile when I see animals using man-made structures like these as prime real estate. Underneath all the excitement and human activity lies a surprisingly diverse […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Back to Geometry Every once in a while, I get distracted by what I’m looking at. That sounds ridiculous, right? I guess what I mean is that when I’m studying something that I want to draw really closely, I get distracted by tiny details. I end up losing focus on the overall shape. It helps […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Forest Dwellers There is a coastal forest that I love to explore, but it is no ordinary forest. This is one that exists under the horizon, where the trees sway with rising and falling tides, constantly battling turbulent waves. They become floating homes, sheltering thousands of animals from sea slugs to leopard sharks. The diversity […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Just Doodle it. Sometimes when I decide I want to do some sketching I have trouble getting started. When I’m out on a hike there are usually so many things that grab my attention. How do I choose what to sketch? Where do I even begin? Oftentimes I feel overwhelmed and get stuck in a […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Float On As a California child, I believed the beach was an imaginary kingdom that my friends and I ruled over. We were sultans of the sand, but there was only one available prop with which to signal our status. To our parents’ great annoyance, we adorned ourselves in all kinds of seaweed that had […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Midweek Update Mistakes are your friend. When I first started painting, I quickly realized that watercolors don’t match my personality. They often require careful planning, a good deal of patience, and organization of thoughts (uh-oh…). I love to work spontaneously, letting happy mistakes shape my sketches. I also like to work quickly, and I get […]

Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

Under a Scope What’s green, lives in packs of over a million, and sometimes glows in the dark? Plankton, of course! The power of these microscopic organisms is astounding: their abundance determines the health of our oceans, and their exponentially large numbers can be seen from satellite photographs of the earth. Plankton are like the […]