segment: birds of paradise


Strelitzia reginae flower is often called the Bird-of-Paradise flower due to its similarity to Paradisaea raggiana (a bird belonging to bird-of-paradise family).

From Strelitzia reginae Redouté, P.J., Les Liliacées, vol. 2: t. 78 (1805-1816) and “Red Plumed (Count Raggi’s Bird of Paradise). Paradisaeidae Apolla Raggiana” by Raymond Harris Ching. 

I have a really great new art project to work on: I’m going to be humanizing the birds-of-paradise! The birds-of-paradise (from the family Paradisaeidae) have beautiful and dramatic feathers and live in mostly Papua New Guinea.

This little guy from the show Planet Earth is one of them!

Essentially I’ll be creating gijinkas—I hope to have diversity in the characters and costumes I create. I’m also going to be drawing and sharing a bit of information about the birds themselves. I’ll be posting the results piece by piece to my tumblr in its tag, #birds-of-paradise.

Please support me and my new project!


I turned around this morning and was struck with how wonderful my studio is. I’ve worked to make it into a place of inspiration and wonder for the natural world…even when it’s kinda messy, like it is right now haha.

The first two photos are candid shots from this morning. I have books, specimens, and art supplies strewn about right now, and could certainly use some straightening up.

The second photo is an artsy arrangement from when I got my nautilus shell from @tylerthrasherart. What a stunning work of art, thank you so much. The hummingbird is an antique study (or cabinet) skin of a sapphire vented puffleg hummingbird. The skeleton sketch is of a pacific moonfish from

Final shot is from last week as I worked on drawing birds and dinosaurs, which turned into a hybrid creature for an assignment. I’ll post that and more art soon, I’m so behind!! The study skin is a magnificent bird of paradise, not in the best shape, but not bad for being almost 150 years old!