Peek in the Studio – June 4, 2014

New releases for this week..

Look Behind You - Fawn,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Look Behind You – Fawn,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Pond Crossing - Canada Geese,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Pond Crossing – Canada Geese,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 6in x 8in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – May 21, 2014

Peek in the studio releases for this week…

Pause - American Badger,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 8in x 10in, ©Rebecca Latham

Pause – American Badger,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 8in x 10in, ©Rebecca Latham

The Nest Builder - Black Crowned Night Heron,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 14in x 14in, ©Rebecca Latham

The Nest Builder – Black Crowned Night Heron,  Opaque & transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, 14in x 14in, ©Rebecca Latham

Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp

Guardian - Black Bear, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor on board, ©Rebecca LathamGuardian – Black Bear, 8in x 10in, opaque and transparent watercolor on board, ©Rebecca Latham

I am pleased to post that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service chose my painting, Guardian – Black Bear, for the 2014-2015 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp.  The design contest was held at the 44th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.

Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamps go toward the Black Bear Conservation Fund and are used to compensate farmers in Maryland experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears.  For more information on the contest or the Black Bear Conservation Stamp Fund, please visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/bbcp/

Autumn – Black Bear, an earlier piece, was chosen as their 2010-2011 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp and can be purchased from the MDNR here

Press release on this year’s competition: http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/05/02/minnesota-artist-wins-maryland-black-bear-conservation-stamp-design-contest/

Seaside Art Gallery – 23rd International Miniature Art Show

A few new small pieces just arrived at Seaside Art Gallery for their 23rd International Miniature Art Show.

http://seasideart.com  The show runs May 3, 2014 through May 31, 2014

Morning Flight - Great Egret,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham Morning Flight – Great Egret, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Warm Glow - Mute Swan,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham Warm Glow – Mute Swan, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Taking Flight - Brown Pelican,  Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca LathamTaking Flight – Brown Pelican, Watercolor & 24kt gold 4in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – April 16, 2014

It’s been a busy period lately with lots of deadlines.  Hopefully the Peek in the Studio posts will start becoming more regular again.  Both of these are graphite, but created in the same way that I do the sepia stage of my paintings.  These, however, will remain in this stage as complete drawings.  ..a little something different.

Piercing Gaze - Wolf, 8.5in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham Piercing Gaze – Wolf, 8.5in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Investigation - Gray Fox, 8in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham Investigation – Gray Fox, 8in x 11in, Graphite on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Peek in the Studio – March 26, 2014

Pleasant Personality - Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham
Pleasant Personality – Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Spectator - Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Spectator – Wolf, 5in x 7in, opaque and transparent watercolor with sterling silver on board, ©Rebecca Latham

Shooting Eagles

American Bald Eagle, 6in x 6in, ©Rebecca Latham

 

It’s National Wildlife Week, a celebration of the wildlife that surrounds us.

While wildlife enthusiasts find this a happy time, reports of another bald eagle shooting appears in newsfeeds.  This time it’s in Forks, Washington – 2 Bald Eagles, an adult male and male juvenile, are found dead.  The bald eagle is protected by national laws in the United States, and has fought its way off the endangered species list.

What makes this happen?  Misplaced anger, lack of respect for wildlife, are these people unknowledgeable?  I can only wonder about a cause.  For those who find so much value from nature, this is disgusting.  To me and many others, our wildlife is priceless.

I know most of those who connect with me online feel the same way.  The only remedy I can imagine for the future of our vulnerable wildlife is education.  Encouraging respect for others, human and otherwise, so that both can prosper.

Hopefully the power of attention, and sharing through broadcast and social media helps lead to information in finding the misguided shooter in Forks.

Peek in the Studio – Jan 29, 2014

New Paintings for this week…

 Lost in Thought - Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Lost in Thought – Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Just Missed - Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Just Missed – Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Stop and Watch - Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Stop and Watch – Bobcat Kitten, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Spellbound - Raccoon, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Spellbound – Raccoon, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver, ©Rebecca Latham

Golden Light - Wolf Pup Study, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver and 24kt gold, ©Rebecca Latham

Golden Light – Wolf Pup Study, 5in x 7in, watercolor on board with sterling silver and 24kt gold, ©Rebecca Latham